My Travel Philosophy

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

Monday, May 20, 2013

Visa application

To visit China, an entrance visa is required from the Chinese government.  I was able to download the application form off the internet but had to wait until I received an official letter of invitation from the Chinese government which must accompany the application.  Plus, the application is 6 pages long.  Plus, it's covered with Chinese writing with English squeezed in.  I had considered driving down to Chicago and visiting the Chinese Consulate myself to apply for the visa, but it takes up to 4 days to process so I figured hiring a third party made more sense.  There is a cost involved (probably around $200 when it's all said and done), but I think it would just about be break-even by the time I drove to Chicago and back -- especially if I had to stay overnight.  Had to send them my passport so I can't go anywhere out of the country now until I get it back.

Then, Debbie asked me today if we should get Hepatitis A and/or B shots before we go.  I hadn't considered it, but now I'm wondering if it would be better to be safe than sorry.  Don't want to eat some dim sum off a cart on the street and then regret it later!