We are two brothers traveling oveland from Barcelona, therefore we have a Spanish passport and we got our Chinese Visa in Tbilisi and we are not residents in Geòrgia!
After reading all the foros and all the post of how difficult is to get a Chinese visa out of our resident country we went there prepared for the worst.
We did our first contact with the embassy one Wednesday afternoon, normally the embassy is close for aplaying visas, but we got quite friendly with the guard and let us in to ask some questions to young girl with perfect English.
First thing she atack us with, was the deadly question of: - Are you tourist in Georgia? You have to dodge that one! Ones we manage to say that as European we didn’t need a visa or a resident permit to stay in Georgia, and that we were not really tourist in here, we pass to the next stage.
We needed our visa for September, so the only option was to get a double entry visa with a 6 months timeframe to get in the country. It cost 90GEL, instead of the single entry one, that give you 3 months timeframe and cost 60GEL.
We had to return Friday morning with flight reservation, hotel reservation, an very specified itinerary, the visa application form that you can download at the website and you can fill by hand, one pictures, and photocopy of the passports.
We prepared all the paper work the best we could during the day we had, we were still not that sure, so we really did our best. Itinerary, with hotels reservations where we had to go, we made out a complete story, with flight and route that we are not pretending to do. Anything that would help us to go through. (Remember you don’t really need a proper flight ticket just a reservation so no need to buy any).
We arrived on Friday morning 8:35, nearly one hour before the opening, and there was already queue. We wated an hour and finally we went in, inside we found the same little young girl and the Chinese “console”, we got ask few questions, about itinerary and the flights. We got ask as well why we had the Taiwan estamp on our passport. After feeling few gaps on our form here and there, we handle all the papers and we got a receipt, of 90GEL each. They say we would be examined and if everything was fine we could go back in Wednesdays.
So we did, we got there quite early, it apparently there is no specific time to go and pick up the visas, is just a matter of waiting. So after 1 hour of wating they let us in, we need it to pay on a machine that charge and extra GEL, and doesn’t give change, so bring the exact amount!
So all in all, 90GEL each+ 1GEL, one photo, passports (they keep it during the process, maybe you can ask if you need it for you) and passports photocopy, hotel booking and flight reservation, detailed itinerary and no need for a resident permit.
20 min. Prosses with few questions.
3 working days to prosses.
Embassy address, 52 Vasil Barnov St, Tbilisi, Geòrgia. Opening ours. Mon/wed/fri. From 9-12 aplaying. Go early there is quite a lot of people!
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