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Re: getting visas in Turkey: China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:32 pm
by steven
Please read and post reports on the embassy of China in Ankara below.

We summarize all info on the China visa page, under embassy reports.

Embassy report: Chinese visa in Ankara

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:29 pm
by julesmimi
Some recent updates:

Uzbekistan: applied in Istanbul, for pickup in Ankara. This worked fairly well, although communication was tricky with the Ankara embassy as no-one speaks English. Helpful local agents managed to translate and accompany me to the bank nearby to pay. All completed in a single day, bearing in mind that our application through the Istanbul embassy had already been approved by the ministry.

Tajikistan: The Tajik embassy in Ankara is very unhelpful; having tried to apply in Istanbul for pickup in Ankara, we would NOT recommend this. Ended up having to apply again, come back 2 weeks later, see our form lying on his desk, then stung for $54 each for the "express" service to actually have the visa printed out for us. By contrast, the Istanbul consulate is very helpful and friendly, and offered a 3 day service as standard ($25 each).

China: we have managed to submit an application at the Ankara embassy! As we are non-residents of Turkey, they require a letter from your home consulate, confirming passport numbers and your intention to travel to China. For Brits, this means a trip to Istanbul, as all notarial services have been centralised there. Note that we approached the agencies listed here for application in Istanbul ... 321497.htm but two both said that they couldn't apply for non-residents. I'm guessing this has been tightened up recently.

We will update once we (hopefully) get our Chinese visa - we've been told to come back in a week and make payment at the HSBC

UPDATE: we have received our Chinese visa! 3 months to enter, and 30 days once we're in

Re: Succes getting visas in Turkey:China, Uzbekistan, Tajiki

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:09 pm
by julesmimi
Bump: we have now successfully obtained all necessary visas in Turkey, as British nationals

Re: Succes getting visas in Turkey:China, Uzbekistan, Tajiki

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:59 am
by marcopolosrhino
Hey, to Jules Mimi -- how did you get a letter of invitation from the British Consulate -- they refuse to see me!

I'm from the UK, on route back to China but having serious trouble getting the visa. I telephoned the Ankara embassy but they said they have never issued visas to anyone who does not have a residence permit in Turkey! I guess by your success this is a blatant lie.

Can you suggest an agency in Istanbul or Ankara, or some guidance as to how you managed to get the British Consulate to help you? I'd appreciate the help...

Re: Embassy report: Chinese visa in Ankara

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:16 am
by amir_arsad
It is impossible to apply China Visa in Ankara if you don't have any valid residence permit or working permit in Turkey. Since we entered Turkey with tourist visa, they rejected our application even they not take or check our application form and documents.

First question they ask me is "do you have any residence permit or working permit in Turkey." once i said no, they said "we cannot help you. We only accept application for Turkey citizen or if you have valid residence permit or working permit."