I’ll be heading to Shanghai, China in a month or two for a friend’s marriage, so I needed to get my visa done. I heard that there’s a 10 Year Multiple Entry Chinese Visa in Tokyo, Japan (with each entry having maximum amount of 60 days). With the visa being so for long, of course I wanted to get that even though I’m only going to China for about a week. I did some research online and found out about a travel agency called Weston. Although you can go to the embassy and do it there for probably a cheaper price (not sure exactly how much cheaper), but I didn’t want to deal with the hassle and wait. I learned my lesson the last time I went to the Chinese embassy, and although it was in Japan, the Chinese embassy worker was still incompetent and rude as if she was working in mainland China. You can read more about that incident at Middle Finger to the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo.
So I went to Weston today, without an appointment, to do the 10 Year Multiple Entry 60 Day Chinese Visa for an American living in Tokyo, Japan. This visa is for 10 years and I can enter and exit as much times as I want during the 10 years. Each time I go, I have a maximum amount of 60 days per stay. So if I want to restart the 60 day limit, I just need to exit and reenter the country. The entire process went super smooth and took about 20 minutes. It’ll probably have only take 10-15 minutes, but the Chinese workers for chit chatting with me about non-visa related matters. They were trying to figure out why an American Chinese living in Tokyo had bad Japanese and Chinese. They don’t speak English, so I was chatting with them with my bad Chinese (Mandarin to be specific). Other than those two Chinese workers, there was also a Japanese worker. Also, I’d like to point out that while the one Chinese worker was working on my visa, she was also talking with the other Chinese worker at the same time. What I’m trying to say is, if she was actually focusing on doing my visa, the whole process would have probably only taken 5-10 minutes. Anyway, the cost of the 10 Year Multiple Entry 60 Day Chinese Visa costs 25,000 yen.
Below are the files I prepared beforehand. You can download the application, as well as a document explaining the visa details, on their website.
- copy of passport
- resident card
- copy of resident card
- visa application form
- passport photo attached to the application
- copy of flight confirmation
- (optional) copy of hotel confirmation
You may have noticed that I don’t have copy of hotel confirmation listed as optional. Why? Well, I booked a place to stay via Airbnb and that doesn’t quality as a hotel confirmation. Luckily, Weston provides a service where they’ll take care of it for you, but it costs an extra 1,000 yen.
I was then asked if I was going to come pick up the visa when it was done, but I asked to have it delivered to my address instead because it only costs 600 yen. From where I live, if I took the train to and from Weston, it’ll cost about the same price so yeah. I was told that I’ll receive my visa in about 4 days. There is an express option, but obviously it’ll cost more.
So in total, I paid 26,600 yen for a 10 Year Multiple Entry 60 Day Chinese Visa that’ll take approximately 4 working days.
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