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Invitation to china needed for visa!
Posted November 7th, 2012 - 11:23 am by from Kouvola, Finland (Permalink)
Hello,
Me and my girlfriend are travelling the trans-mongolian railway and don't have chinese visas since we planned to get them while we go. Like we did with mongolian visas in Irkutsk. Everything went smoothly there but in UlanBataar things got complicated with Chinese single entry tourist visas.

FACTS based on our visit at the Chinese embassy:
- we need enter and exit tickets to China
- we need accommodation reservation from China
- we need an invitation letter from a chinese person or organisation (when we told the lady at the counter that we don't have it and don't know anyone from china she said "that's a big problem" and suggested us to ask from the hotel we reserved for such.)
- rush service is not possible at the moment (so it takes a week to get your visa from them)

On the same line to visa applications there were also others who were turned away since there was something wrong in their invitations or no invitations at all. So this is reality (here in UlanBataar at least).

Can someone help us with the invitation fast since next time we can apply is friday 9th of November and since they need the travel tickets to china we have all the reservations for a train to Beijing made (and cancellation costs us, we had to do it once today). Hotel booking cancellation was luckily free...

We are from Finland so we shouldn't be a threat to China but I guess the people at the embassy think differently...

Thanks for the help!