Easier Than Ever To Visit, Even To Stay In This Beautiful, Exotic, And Affordable Land
Dec. 3, 2014, Chiang Mai, Thailand: New 10-year multiple-entry visa to China makes it easier than ever for Americans to visit, even to stay in China.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Vicki and I just picked up 10-year, multiple-entry visas to China. Each entry is good for up to 60 days. The 10-year visas cost the same as a single-entry visa, about US$160.
The new 10-year visas became available after Obama's visit to Xi in China last month. Obama and Xi agreed that citizens of each country can now visit the other over and over under the new visa program. Obama trumpeted the expected increase in Chinese tourists to the United States. More Chinese tourism will benefit the U.S. economy.
We Americans who like to travel to China will benefit, too. China visas cost a lot, and we need to present ourselves in person at Chinese consulates. Under the new program, one time will do it, and we're good to go for 10 years. If your passport expires during the 10-year period, just carry your expired passport—the one with the visa in it—along with your new passport. Make sure the passport details, such as your name, remain exactly the same.
In most cases, you'll have to apply for the visa in the United States at one of the Chinese consulates. Vicki and I managed to get our China visas here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We have long-stay visas to Thailand and needed to present copies of our long-stay Thai visas to the Chinese consul. If we'd had simple tourist visas to Thailand or no Thai visa at all, I'd guess the Chinese consul would have asked us to apply for China visas in the United States.