So getting a Chinese Visa in Singapore is really a piece o’ cake. Or at least it should have been. It would have been if we hadn’t:
*Waited until 2 weeks before the trip.
*Washed Tommy’s passport and had to apply for a new one. Which involved only 2 days!! and taking time off of work twice for him. I couldn’t pick up his passport for him because I didn’t have mine to get into the US Embassy because it was at the Chinese visa place.
*Forgotten/didn’t know to make copies of our FIN cards (front & back!). Luckily they have a photo copy machine there and a lady ready to take your money. Only .80 though so not bad.
*Forgotten to make copies of the flight confirmation and had to get my son to bring it to me in the nail salon. He got lunch out of the deal.
*Forgotten to bring Tommy’s passport photo for the application and had to get my son to bring it to me at the visa place. Although they DO have a passport photo booth right there which would have been great but I look nothing like my husband.
Yep, without all of the memory loss issues and procrastination, it would have been a piece o’ cake!!
Turns out that after a ton of taxi money, $225 SGD/visa, and a little bit of chaos, we will all have our visa’s in time for our trip. It only takes 4 days! and 2 if you want to pay a little extra to expedite.
A few tips so that maybe it will truly be a piece o’ cake experience for you:
1. Be prepared with – unwashed passport, completed application (no mark outs or they make you do it again), copy of front and back of FIN card (green card), passport photo, printed flight confirmation.
2. Make an online appt if possible. You get right in that way. Although they are really quite efficient so it’s probably not bad to just show up. Check the hours for applying and picking up on the website though.
3. Don’t bother filling out the e-form online. I did that, printed it out and they wouldn’t take it. The regular form is online. Print it and take it with you. No mark outs. They will make you do another and they do have the forms there.
4. You can apply for other people. I applied for my daughter and my husband with no problem.
5. You pay when you pick them up. There is a schedule of fees on the webite below.
6. The price for a dual entry visa (2 entries within 6 months not including Hong Kong and Tibet) is the same price as a single entry. So why not? Now we will just have to go back again.
7. Make sure your passport is still good for at least 6 months after your planned travel dates.
I found the staff very helpful and friendly and besides our self-created issues, the process was very simple and efficient.
We’re really excited to get to Beijing!!