Friday, February 15, 2008

China Visas From Japan 2008

China Visas From Japan 2008

For a business trip last March, I needed a visa to get into China. For Americans the fee was 6,000 yen (about $60). For a British colleague, it was 4,000 yen. Different fees paid, we were on our way to Beijing.
chinese-visa
China Visa

Well, business and China beckon once again. At the consulate in Osaka the other day, other than a broken copy machine--we all had to run across the street to a Chinese travel agency to have our passport and Japanese identity cards copied--things went smoothly.

The woman at the Visa window was even the same young woman as the previous year. After several minutes spent stapling, clipping, and writing up a pink receipt, she told me in heavily accented Japanese, "You can pick up your visa between the dates written here. The fee is 15,000 yen."

After a nano-second, I said "Huh?! 11 months ago it was 6,000. Are you sure about that?"

She didn't require a nano-second: "Yes. The fees have been changed."

And now we are bound for Shanghai.

NEW information on visas for China.

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