Passport & Visa Check
All travelers with a US Passport are required to procure a tourist visa to China.
Walking Tree does not offer visa processing services, but we can recommend a visa agent who can handle the process. FlyChina
offers affordable & timely turn around on China visa processing. We will provide you the information & documentation necessary for FlyChina to process your visa. Please note that if you opt to use another visa agent, we unfortunately cannot accommodate individual requests for special documentation.
If you wish to undertake the visa application process on your own, below are the steps outlined by the Chinese consulate:
Visa Application Guidelines
Basic Materials to Be Submitted for Application, in addition to the above documents:
Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate.
(2) Visa Application Form and Photo
One completed Visa Application Form with a recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background attached
(3) Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship)
If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.
(4) Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)
If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport held and a photocopy of its data page.
If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)
Additionally, applicants will be asked to present documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc.
How to apply on your own:
1. Locate the Visa Office of the Embassy / Consulate General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state in which you reside. You may either submit your application in person, or you may entrust someone else or a travel/visa agent to submit your application at the visa office.
2. If necessary, the applicant should go to the Embassy/Consulate-General for an interview or verification of the signature on application documents upon notification by the Embassy/Consulate-General.
3. Mailed applications are not accepted.
4. No appointment is required.
IV. Processing Time
Regular service: Visas can be obtained on the fourth business day . No express service will be provided unless emergency. Express service needs approval of consular officials, and extra fees may apply.
V. Visa Fees and Payment
1. Visa fees for regular service
Number of Entry
Citizens of Third Countries
Multiple Entries for 6 Months
Multiple Entries for 12 Months or more
Note: Visa fees for certain third countries may vary from the list above based on reciprocal agreements.
2. Express service: An additional fee of $20 or $30 per visa will be charged.
3. Please pay by money order, cashier’s check or Visa/MasterCard. Cash or personal checks are not accepted. Please make checks or money order payable to “Chinese Consulate General”.
SPECIFIC DETAILS FOR ST. MARY’S APPLICANTS:
Visa application form
Part 2.1: check box for TOURISM
Part 2.2: Only one entry necessary for trip, but applicants may apply for more if they have other plans or ideas
Part 2.3: If applying for express service (for additional fee), check yes
Part 2.4: Write 2017-06-07
Part 2.5: 10 days (unless other personal plans exist)
Part 2.6: 6/7-6/9 Chengdu Dreams International Youth Hostel, 242 Wuhouci St, WuHouCi, Wuhou Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610041 6/10 Train to Xi’an 6/11-6/12 Xi’an Traveling With Hostel 4F, No.9 Beiguan Zhengjie, Honghai Biz Building, Xi’an 710014, China 6/13-6/17 Beijing Drum Tower Youth Hostel 51 Jiugulou St, Xicheng Qu, China, 100009
Part 2.7: Self
Part 2.8: N/A
The rest is personal info per applicant.
Health and Safety
We strongly recommend visiting the CDC China website to get the most updated information on health and vaccination considerations in your destination country. In addition, we encourage you to consult with your personal family physician so you can be as informed as possible when making important decisions about vaccinations and other necessary health-related preparations before travel.
Our in-country staff prepare meticulously for all programs. Walking Tree will register our programs and travelers with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of emergency. In country staff also verify the safety records of our partner organizations, vendors, and transportation providers, thoroughly vet homestay families via in depth interviews and home visits, and keep up on important current events in the region.
Program Leaders are seasoned travelers who are CPR and First Aid certified, undergo thorough training in crisis management, and participate in a multi-day leadership training retreat. We do our best to prepare for any eventuality and have detailed emergency protocols for our leaders, in-country staff and U.S.-based staff.
We receive medical disclosures from all participants to ensure we are able to meet every students’ needs during the program. Please inform us immediately of any additional health issues that you did not list during your initial registration process. Program Leaders will also hold an online information session before your departure, as well as an arrival orientation in-country, in order to give participants important instructions on food safety, hygiene and preventing injury and illness. Leaders and in-country staff always respond immediately to any mental, physical or emotional health issues and follow comprehensive emergency protocols.
Our experience has taught us that international travel can sometimes be unpredictable. As such, WTT will purchase basic secondary travel and medical insurance for all WTT travelers via Travel Insured International. This service provides the following coverage at no additional cost to our participants:
$500 Return Airfare for Trip Interruption
$750 ($150 per day) Trip Delay of six hours or more
$500 (Three or more hours) Missed Connection
$1500 ($250 per article) Baggage/Personal Effects
$300 Baggage Delay – 24 hours
$25,000 Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
$100,000 Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
Emergency Assistance Non-insurance Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services Included
ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL COVERAGES
The following additional optional coverage upgrades are available upon request for an additional premium charge to the traveler. For further information on the premiums associated with these optional coverage enhancements, please email your inquiry to our travel insurance program administrator, Hayashi Insurance Solutions: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Trip Cancellation Coverage – Reimburses the traveler up to the trip cost insured up to a maximum of $10,000 per person if the trip must be cancelled for unforeseeable life events including but not limited to; medical/health reasons, bereavement, etc.
– Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) – Reimburses the traveler for 75% of the non-refundable trip cost. Cancellation must be made 48 hours or more prior to scheduled departure. Must be purchased at the same time as initial plan purchase and prior to final trip payment. *This benefit is not available to residents of New York State.
The Plan is administered by Hayashi Insurance Solutions (CA DOI 0F61680) a licensed Insurance Agency authorized to transact this insurance under the express authority of Travel Insured International, Inc. and its representatives, and on behalf of Walking Tree Travel, Inc. The Plan contains insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. Fairmont Specialty and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2015. The Plan also contains non insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, OnCall International, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Review the Plan Document for complete terms, including benefits, conditions, limitations and exclusions that apply. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.
Global Leadership Curriculum
WTT has developed a curriculum that helps each of our travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging tools are meant to spark discussion, frame the experience, and prepare participants to travel ethically and effectively both on our programs and in the future.
For more information about student learning objectives and the format of the curriculum, click on the ‘learn more’ button below.
Learn More About the GLC
To view and complete the Pre-Program Activities, visit our online portal at the button below.
Pre-Program Activity Portal
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