How To Get a Chinese Visa in Kathmandu
Getting a Chinese visa in Kathmandu, Nepal, is a relatively straightforward process. Here’s what you need to know:
What you’ll need:
Application form (available from security guard at entrance)
One photo (strictly size 48x33mm)
Photocopy of passport
Printed hotel booking in China (just for the first few nights)
Itinerary of your time in China (to write into application form)
US dollars (in perfect condition) and Nepalese rupees- which currency they ask for seems to be randomly decided, so bring both!
Confirmation of flights (if you don’t have these, some travel agencies will reserve a flight free of charge, which you can use for your application and then cancel)
Where to go:
Hattisar, Naxal, Kathmandu
What to do:
The embassy is open for visa applications from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, but queues start forming outside before the doors open. When you enter, your bag will be searched and you will be asked to walk through a metal detector. The security guard will give you your visa application form.
Fill out the form, including your personal information, passport information, work details, parent names and contact details, your planned itinerary for your time in China, whether you would like express service for your visa, and the type of visa you are applying for ( NOTE: The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu issues single-entry visas ONLY). Stick your photo onto your form (there is glue on the table in the foyer- the person at the visa application counter will not do this for you!).
Queue up for the counter that says “Chinese Visa Application”. You may be waiting a while! Hand over your passport, completed application (with glued-on photo), passport photocopy and hotel booking. You may be asked a few questions regarding your form or your plan for your time in China. You will be given a piece of paper with the date and time to collect your passport and the cost you will have to pay.
Wait until your visa is ready- this usually takes 4 days, but you can pay extra for the express service and pick it up the following day. Return to the embassy and queue for the collection counter. Show them your paper, and you’ll be given a bill with the total cost due. There will be an additional processing cost of US$3, plus extra if you selected express service.
Queue up for the payment counter. You will be given a form to write the serial numbers of each bill you are giving. Only new bills in perfect condition will be accepted (I had to use a different bill because mine had a tiny tear in it).
After you pay, you will be given a receipt, which you take to the collection counter and receive your visa.
Our visas (one English and one Irish citizen) cost US$37 each, with an additional $37 dollars each for express service, and $3 dollars each for an administration fee.
Some things to note:
While the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu only issues single entry visas, embassies in other countries may issue visas for double or multiple entries. However, if you do not have proof of exit and entry (i.e. a plane, train or bus ticket), your application for double or multiple entry may be rejected.
Tourists with certain professions, such as anything to do with the media, may only be allowed a one-month visa, valid from the date of application.
Hopefully this has given you all the information you need to apply for your Chinese visa in Kathmandu. If you’ve any questions, feel free to ask in the comments!