dmcco1 wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 08, 2023 8:04 am
Has anyone had success recently in getting a Chinese visa when outside their home country with the intent to travel from Pak->China->Tajikistan or Kyrgyzstan?
I’m currently on an Australia-Europe bike tour and looking at my options to get into Central Asia from India (I am currently in Kolkata).
My home country is Australia and I was going to try to apply for the Chinese tourist visa in Kathmandu as I’d heard some people have had success there but now I am not so sure.
It would be great to hear what other people’s latest experience/plans are at the moment.
For me I see two options that I am fairly confident outside of Pak to China to Tajik or Kyrgyzstan (but not happy about as I want to cycle overland where possible):
1. Fly from Delhi to Bishkek (Kyrgyz) and start cycling Central Asia from there eventually having to fly or hopefully take a boat from Aktau (Kaz) to Iran/Azerbaijan
2. Enter Pakistan and cycle to the southwest into Iran and west from there, skipping Central Asia (which I really don’t want to do and Pakistan apparently has a lot of escorts etc through the southwest & Balochistan)
From what I know you’ll face some problems with option 1. From Aktau you can’t take the boat to Azerbaijan, since their land and sea borders are still closed INBOUND. Baku-Aktau IS possible since outbound is open. As far as I know there’s no ferry from Aktau to Iran atm, but you might want to confirm that info.
For option 2, I guess the main question is if you’re fine with the current risks in Iran. I recently read a post on this forum that two people from New Zealand were imprisoned for unclear reasons.
As for the visas, I think the problems with getting a chinese visa abroad is mainly there in Central-Asia (CIS countries). From Mongolia and Hong Kong it shouldn’t be a problem, other countries I don’t know about.
Your trip sounds mad, best of luck!