Business Visa Ban in 5 Chinese Cities: Just in Time for Christmas

Thursday, July 24, 2008 6:25
Posted in category Red Tape, The Big Picture

For those of you who were alseep last year, there was an issue related to quality control and product safety that rocked US consumers and gave everyone at CNN something to talk about.

My position at the time was that it was firms like Mattel and FTS tire Import who were to blame for not investing in their quality control platform.  Wasn’t a popular position to take at the time, but sure enough… Mattel apologized for their role.

For the 2008 Christmas season though, I have a feeling that we will all be able to look back and point out the recent decision to stop issuing F visas from July 20 to September 20 as the primary culprit.

All fluff aside, I spoke to several people in HK last week wihle I was there about how the visa policy had impacted them (they were in social compliance/ factory audit groups)… and their only comment was that they were glad they had the F visa as having to get a tourist visa every few days was going to be a real issue for many inspectors who operate from HK and go into Dongguan and Shenzhen for inspections.

Another impact that I have heard of – and it is something BOCOG must be hearing about on a daily basis – is that many of those packages that sponsors are given to entertain clients on the Olypmic green are largely going to waste becuase people cannot get the visas.

Looks like the 400m hurdles just got jacked up another notch.

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4 Responses to “Business Visa Ban in 5 Chinese Cities: Just in Time for Christmas”

  1. David says:

    July 24th, 2008 at 7:12 am

    I travel often to China, and the HK in-out is common in my schedule. I was unfortunate enough to have my one year multiple entry visa expire in May. I could only get a 90 day 2x visa. I blew that on a single trip in June. Upon applying for another visa in July, the Chinese authorities questioned how I could have already used my entries and required proof that my 2x entry visa had been exhausted. Of course, this added step delayed the entire process. I cancelled my July trip. Clearly, the Chinese don’t understand how business people travel and how their new rules impact same.

    Richard – let’s try to catch up in September

  2. Rich says:

    July 24th, 2008 at 7:55 am

    David

    How could you use them up in a single trip.. That is a new one for me, and I am sure for the folks in customs as well.. I can see the confusion on their faces when you told them that. I am sure it is the first time a single person made more than their allotted trip quota in a single week… and then asked for more!

    Catch up in September
    R

  3. sascha says:

    July 24th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    there are ways to get an F visa even now and later into the year as well … there is one organization that does it, can’t name them here, but they are efficient and professional. if anyone needs this info. contact me at above address or website and i will pass the info to you.

  4. Elaine says:

    July 25th, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Hi Sascha,

    Thanks for your info, please adv how to contact you to obtain the organization you have mentioned, thanking in advance

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