Forums > Living in Kunming > Is somebody important coming to Kunming?
Three things are going on right now to make this the perfect storm of road work and beautification projects:
- Economic stimulus, with tons of funds being released to get ordinary workers back to work and spending money.
- The Civilized City campaign: Kunming has tried, and failed, to earn the Civilized City designation several times now.
- COP 15, the UN summit on biodiversity. Was slated for this October, but postponed due to COVID. Currently scheduled for next May. Multiple heads of state are expected to attend.
Forums > Travel Yunnan > Chinese reopening border for foreigners?
As per this announcement from the Chinese Embassy in Denmark:
European nationals with a valid residence permit (for work and certain other purposes) will now be allowed to apply for a new visa to re-enter China. They will still be subject to COVID testing and quarantine requirements.
Those whose residence permits have recently expired are not covered by this announcement as of yet.
Forums > Study > Student Visas No Longer Provided
@Mildred: not really adding much to the conversation there...
I haven't found any official notice, but I've been told by a few sources that the government is planning to overhaul the student visa system, and has suspended all new non-degree student visas until the new rules can be finalized.
Hopefully those who wish to continue studies can hold out on the temporary stay extensions until this is resolved.
It's quite likely that a lot of programs and private schools will lose their ability to sponsor visas, though. A lot of schools are holding their breath right now.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Proof that we can't leave
It's not the front desk clerks making things up. They have the authentication requirements because the local PSBs can't be trusted to recognize the authenticity of documents from a hundred countries with different bureaucratic systems around the world. The goal is to get a stamp on it that they themselves can check.
The last time I had to go through all this, I had documents authenticated by my home state, with the Secretary of State's signature and seal verified by the Chinese consulate covering that region (they have these on file for the states in their consular district), and the local PSB clerks could easily identify the consulate's seal.
All of this would be much easier if China just signed up for the apostille system, but the clerks at the Kunming PSB have no say in the matter.
Forums > Travel Yunnan > exit flights from china
It's PSB, not FSB.
Also, they have addressed the issue, first by giving 60 day automatic extensions, and then by allowing people to apply for consecutive 30 day extensions.
Again, I recommend you go talk to them. Your situation won't get any better by ignoring it.