Hong Kong Issuance of China Visas Easing

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HONG KONG, Nov. 7 – The issuance of tourist (but not business) visas to mainland China is slowly relaxing following the clampdown imposed just before the Olympics.

Currently CITS will issue a maximum of a double-entry visa, priced at just over US$300, valid for six months. The procedure takes a minimum of 48 hours. It is no longer a requirement to show a return air ticket or a hotel booking confirmation. Multiple-entry visas may only be obtained by Hong Kong ID card holders.

People expecting to work in China will have to apply, once in China, for a working visa, in addition to a residence permit, work permit and to complete individual income tax registration formalities. If you require assistance with such matters, anywhere in China, please email Dezan Shira & Associates at info@dezshira.com for assistance.