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Missed plane

Missed plane

Had a little lunch with one of my pupils.

Things must have got drawn out, and I ended up missing my flight to Hong Kong.

As even more of a bummer, my boss transferred enough money for the trip. Went to the China Bank atm. Pulled my card out, having been over 1 month since I used it, plus the fact I only used it once, plus the fact that it’s a 6 digit code. I’ve entirely forgotten my PIN!

SO that money is useless. It’s going to remain unspent.

This has landed me in some financial difficulties. Not a new thing. I won’t have much money, just enough to eat and stay in. Standard life in Hong Kong for me.

New Flight

The new flight cost me about £160. Visa cost £110. I’ve got £40 in cash and £100 in my account from the UK.

Pudong on the Metro

Pudong is a long way out. For those hoping to take the metro out there, it’s 16 stops from Peoples Square.

Turns out I’m going to have to transfer money from the UK and be skint again in Hong Kong. I guess you get used to it.

China Visa in Hong Kong

China Visa in Hong Kong

After filling in the app. yesterday, queing up and submitting it, it was refused due to the lack of photograph and the non-chinese medical.

90 Day L Visa
90 Day L

Sunrise Visa Agency

Better than re-queiing after the lunch break, I decided to visit the Sunrise Visa Agency which is located in the same building.
This clarified a few things for me:

  • That my documents were wrong: Unless you happen to be able to read Madarin, you wouldn’t have spotted the fact that the 2 documents required for the agency, (invitation letter, experts certificate), were not matching.
  • That the Visa agency would not issue me with a Visa from China without a medical from China.

After chatting to the bloke at the Sunrise Visa Agency, I saw the queue was huge, and decided to take him up on his offer to do a 90 day tourist visa for the same price as a 30 day.

I got the Visa within 1 day and have no complaints about the service.

It’s a 90 day single entry Visa.

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Getting medical done for Hong Kong Visa

Getting medical done for Hong Kong Visa

The agency sent through documents for two different processing addresses, so one is for London, the other is for Hong Kong. Either way, once these are changed to match, I can look out for forking out another fee for a Chinese medical examination certificate.

Medical in Hong Kong

Causeway bayThis is virtually impossible to obtain. If you’re wanting to get your Z-Visa processed in Hong Kong rather than in your resident country, the medical that the visa office in Hong Kong will be asking you for is the CHINESE MEDICAL. They WILL NOT accept a medical from another country.

For this reason, it’s not worth expecting to arrive here, leaving the office with a Z. That’s not going to happen. (unless your employer is in Hong Kong).

Since earlier this year, it’s been a requirement for Chinese Visa Authorities to ask for a medical examination IN ORDER to apply for your experts certificate. It costs £250. And, whatever happens, not matter what the results of your test or where you get it done you’ll need a new one from your employer in China to get your Z.

The best way to do it is to arrive in China. Sort a 90 day visa out with a visa agency. Get ONE medical done, the Chinese one. Go to Hong Kong, Beijing or one of the other Chinese passport offices. Get your passport submitted there. You will save yourself £250. Tell your employer that, or ask them for the cash up front if they want you to fork out for the medical in your own country.

Some employers will ask you to get the medical up front. If this happens, like with me, you need to hang around in your own country and get the Visa done. Don’t go anywhere until it’s done.

 

China Visa Medical – Experts certificate

China Visa Medical – Experts certificate

**Update 03.05.2015
All this has changed, the regulations for acquiring an experts certificate and a Z-Visa can now be found on the Visa for China site

Could this be harder to get in the UK?

Since the changes regarding the experts certificate, a number of changes have come in, such as the new experts certificate website.

Also, as well as this, you’ve to concentrate on getting your Visa Medical. No mHappy catean feat, considering no doctor will touch the thing.

Full HIT

Getting the Chinese Visa medical done in the UK, you’ll need to find someone to complete the whole thing, which mean STD screen, ECG, chest x-rays and physical examination.

Google is your friend here. I’ve spent the day today and got the following quotes for the Chinese Visa Medical – Experts Certificate:

Pallmall Manchester – £550 all in

EPM Birmingham – £270 all in

 

Obviously a big difference in prices, and as I said to the girl. I’m not willing to pay £550 for something that’s going to go in the bin in 3 weeks.

EPM Birmingham

Plumped for this option, as it was only a short distance from the house. Very plush for a doctors, nice plasma t.v. to watch Ikea sofas. No coffee or tea, which I get at the doctors, which would have been nice.

Guy was Indian. Took me in. Asked me a few questions about my experience and expectations of this medical. He was able to provide some guidance and his advice was backed with experience, which made the process much shorter and straightforward.

All in all the consultation took 20 minutes and the final cost was £210.

Scanned results

The receptionist was able to pass the documents to me by post. Also, they offered to scan them, which is an option if you need to get them in quickly for your Z-visa.