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China Visa at Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico

Old Jun 25, 08, 9:38 pm
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China Visa at Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico

Has anyone had any positive recent experiences getting a tourist visa at the consulate in Tijuana. I live in San Diego, and a need a visa same day, but I hate the though of having to spend all day in LA, and the traffic!! But I'm a little apprehensive about TJ!

Any thoughts appreciated!

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Old Jun 25, 08, 10:01 pm
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IIRC there is a thread here about the TJ consulate and their quick 1 day service.
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plus you could fill up your tank for $2somthing per gallon and have a cheap meal
and a few shots of tequila while you wait.

I am tempted to drive from LA to get that.
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Old Jul 1, 08, 6:13 am
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yes you can get it same day (1 hour, ime). I've done it 3 times. Multi-entry was more stingy than LA (when LA was offering 1 year TJ was doing 3 months), but no experience since China cracked down on visas.

The important thing to do is call the day before. They are erratic with days they are in the office.

If I didn't have mexican insurance and SENTRI, i would take a cab to the consulate and park on the US side of the border, gas prices included. Finding it is a little tricky and the return trip can have very long lines, especially if you don't get in the right one (out of the 24 lanes to san ysidro, only 4 feed into the most well marked path). Cabs are reported to be $5-$20 but i have no personal experience as i drive.

You must go in the morning. Sometimes they tell you to come back in 45 minutes: other times its after lunch. You can walk down the hill and eat near Agua Caliente if you have time to burn.

Now, you pay full US visa fee AND expedite fee.

Last time I got a visa (nov) was 3 hours, 5 minutes from La Jolla door to door. Beats driving to LA, but i've done it before, had my own car and sentri, etc. Still, more interesting and probably a little faster if using the park/taxicab option.

PS: you must pay in American dollars. The visa lady is a little quirky. Despite my Chinese being much better than my Spanish, she asked to habla espanol. She asked my wife (not me, i guess she trusts women more) to watch over the consulate while she went to Gigante to pick up some things. I was tempted to start playing the grand piano in the "living room" below, but resisted, and learned new spanish vocab from the pamphlets they had about Falong Gong (muy malo, apparently)
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Old Jul 1, 08, 8:14 am
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Thanks for the info!!
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Old Jul 15, 09, 1:05 pm
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Originally Posted by jesus4jets View Post
yes you can get it same day (1 hour, ime). I've done it 3 times. Multi-entry was more stingy than LA (when LA was offering 1 year TJ was doing 3 months), but no experience since China cracked down on visas.

The important thing to do is call the day before. They are erratic with days they are in the office.

If I didn't have mexican insurance and SENTRI, i would take a cab to the consulate and park on the US side of the border, gas prices included. Finding it is a little tricky and the return trip can have very long lines, especially if you don't get in the right one (out of the 24 lanes to san ysidro, only 4 feed into the most well marked path). Cabs are reported to be $5-$20 but i have no personal experience as i drive.

You must go in the morning. Sometimes they tell you to come back in 45 minutes: other times its after lunch. You can walk down the hill and eat near Agua Caliente if you have time to burn.

Now, you pay full US visa fee AND expedite fee.

Last time I got a visa (nov) was 3 hours, 5 minutes from La Jolla door to door. Beats driving to LA, but i've done it before, had my own car and sentri, etc. Still, more interesting and probably a little faster if using the park/taxicab option.

PS: you must pay in American dollars. The visa lady is a little quirky. Despite my Chinese being much better than my Spanish, she asked to habla espanol. She asked my wife (not me, i guess she trusts women more) to watch over the consulate while she went to Gigante to pick up some things. I was tempted to start playing the grand piano in the "living room" below, but resisted, and learned new spanish vocab from the pamphlets they had about Falong Gong (muy malo, apparently)
Hi, does anyone know if the Express service is still available in TJ? I have a feeling it has been suspended like in LA but just in case.... Thanks!
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Old Apr 28, 12, 6:00 pm
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Is the Chinese visa still available at the TJ embassy? How long does it take to have it issued and how much does it cost?
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