Stapled Chinese Visas Not Valid for Travel

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BBC photoNov. 13 – India’s Foreign Ministry has announced that stapled Chinese visas for Indian travelers will not be allowed to exit the country and advises applicants to verify how their visas will be attached.

Some Chinese embassies and consulates have continued to issue stapled visas for Indians coming from Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir despite Indian government protests. The practice is China’s way of  not recognizing the territories as a part of India.

“It has come to the attention of government of India that the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in New Delhi and the Chinese consulates in Mumbai and Kolkata are issuing visas on a separate piece of paper ‘stapled’ to the passport (rather than pasted as is the usual practice), to certain categories of Indian nationals on the basis of their domicile, ethnicity and/or place of issue of the passport. Such paper visas stapled to the passport are not considered valid for travel out of the country,” said the ministry advisory.

Indian travellers to China are then instructed to confirm Chinese visa details before booking flights. According to Times of India, Chinese authorities say that stapling visas on a separate piece of paper has been the usual practice and that the problem comes from the side of Indian immigration officials.