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I recently had a costley experiance regarding visa’s, I wonder if others have found similar situations around the world.

I am a holder of a china resident visa, which was in my full passport. I have to be in china to renew it. Normally i used to fly to HKG on my new passport and cross the border on foot where China immigration used my valid visa in my old passport (full but valid) but used my new one and stamped it for entry, done this a few times. This last visit I was flying direct and it was a good job I phoned UK immigration first. Whilst I could enter china ok the Airlines would refuse me onto the plane as in thier opionion any Visa must match the passport actually being flown on….

I ended up having to pay almost £500 to get a single entry Tourist visa in my new passport in 4 hours just so I could get on the plane to get there. Furthermore it cost another £900 to do my resident visa in new passport, The old one valid until 2012 but thanks to UK flight rules I had to renew early. Wouldnt travelling be much easier if immigration services or airlines actually understood visa requirments better.

not so much a compliant, more a highlight of usual beauracratic nonsense!

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