Everybody wants to do business in China at the moment, right? It looks like a sure bet. Despite the current economic slowdown, China is set to be the second largest consumer market by 2015. Western companies are clamouring to get their products in front of Chinese customers. But there is one hurdle every business faces if they want to do business with China: the Chinese business Visa.
CWA’s live marketing event experience in China has enabled Sue, our business administrator, to become an authority when it comes to Chinese Visa applications. And we thought we’d share with you Sue’s top tips for obtaining a Visa to China:
- Do your homework. Research the application process and any relevant information. A handy resource is the CIBT website
- Get your paperwork in order. Applying for a Chinese Visa can be a complex process and you need to be organised
- Contacts. Often you require a letter of invitation from the contacts you are planning to visit and a letter of introduction from your employer
- Validity. Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months when you plan to travel (your passport photo also needs to be less than 6 months old)
- Book ahead. Often you need to book flights and accommodation to ensure your application runs smoothly
- Record. Send your application by recorded delivery to make sure it arrives safely
So if you follow Sue’s tips your Chinese Visa application should run smoothly.