Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

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Re: Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

Postby ontheroadfinally » Sat May 21, 2016 12:45 pm

Luke, thanks very much for the update. Myself and my girlfriend can get by in quite a few languages, but not Russian I'm afraid.

How about getting a Chinese visa in Bishkek? Do you think that's easier, or the same hassle?
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Re: Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

Postby aBiscuit » Thu May 26, 2016 4:42 am

Refering to the first post in the thread:
Yesterday, 24-th of May have successfuly hitchhiked from China to Kyrgyzstan through Irkestam border crossing.
There was no problems of any kind.

p.s.: Though, I am Ukrainian, so there is no need for me to have Kyrgyz visa.
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Re: Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

Postby steven » Sun May 29, 2016 6:19 am

Thanks aBiscuit!

About Chinese visa in Bishkek, it seems very difficult, @ontheroadfinally. All the latest info I have is in the Chinese visa article.
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Re: Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

Postby LukeKUSA » Sun May 29, 2016 9:41 am

Hi all,

Sorry for not updating sooner. Shockingly internet hasn't been very accessible here in Western China. The transit worked great. I got on the bus in Almaty at seven am and was in Urumqi by eight am the next day. It was a surprisingly comfortable ride, as well, other than three or four hours standing around on the border. I recommend it. I'll provide some more details on the process later.

As for visas, I can't say as to Bishkek. I had great luck getting my year-long Kazakhstan visa there, but that's something else entirely. Almaty is possible with Russian-speaking help, but I'm not sure it'd be doable without it. I know a woman who speaks fluent Russian and English who has expressed interest in helping foreigners get visas in the city. I can ask her permission to post her contact information here if you all are interested. She helped me out quite a bit.
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Re: Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

Postby real2234 » Sun May 29, 2016 10:22 pm

Hi,
so it was a false news the closure of the land borders to foreigners?
I will have to cross the Irkeshtam pass this summer, I hope so seriously.
I contacted an agency in Kashgar for information on the route and he made no mention of closure.
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Re: Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

Postby steven » Mon May 30, 2016 7:08 pm

Hi real,

yes, it was a false positive. Only travel agents were saying this, it turned out not be true. My mistake to believe them without double-checking
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Re: Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

Postby Wahlstedt » Mon May 30, 2016 7:14 pm

I traveled from Kazhakstan to China with the Almaty - Ürumchi train on May 8 without any problem. Three of us had Swedish passports and visa issued in Stockholm and one British passport with visa issues in London.

But the copy of Lonely Planet "China" was not allowed to enter China since it mentions Tapei as capitol of Taiwan (and not Beijing as the only Capitol)...
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Re: Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

Postby real2234 » Mon May 30, 2016 10:14 pm

Thank you!!

My Lonely Planet in my language makes no mention of Taiwan, in my previous trip to China no one has checked me and I had no problems... I had read about this possibility but I never thought that could really happen :o
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Re: Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

Postby Schlenker » Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:38 pm

Just to hold the discussion alive. I was in contact with Meerim from Bakail Travel: this is what she wrote:
"Hello! My name is Meerim, I'm a traveling agency worker. And yes, we could make a Chinese visa. But for now foreign citizens could get only an airport visa. It's given for 30 days, and coasts 150$. And you should travel by plane.
Documents needed from you is only passport and 2 pictures sized 33x48 mm
Visa will be made in 7 working days."

I asked her, how about going by bike to the border and she replyed:

"You are welcome!
For now it's not possible to cross the borders by bicycle... Airport visa is given by Chinese airport customs, not by the embassy. I will prepare the invitation letter to you, and after that you will fly to Urumchi and get a visa by customers in airport with letter...
Best regards Meerim!"

So my Plan is to send my passport to a German Travel Agency with the help of the German Embassy in Bishkek. They will need 3 days for Visa plus time for sending. So I hope it will need not more than 10 days to get a visa and my passport.
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Re: Chinese border closure w Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan - 2016

Postby steven » Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:08 am

Thank you Kristian, let us know what happened!
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