Asked by Tom Condie from South Africa | Dec. 18, 2014 12:16
About:China Consulates in South Africa

Holiday visa for South African Citizen

Dear Sir or Madam,
My wife is a South African citizen, by birth and at the moment is employed as Nursing Officer with the, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on the Cruise ship SS Balmoral. The ship will be visiting China and Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea in March, 2015, as part of the World Cruise. As from 1st March 2015 until 16th March 2015 and on the cruise ship she will be classified as a passenger and not as an employee. She has a "Seaman's book" which allows her to enter different countries while employed to take part in organised excursions. Will this be good enough for my wife to take part in organised excursions ashore or will she require a separate permit?
We have only been authorized to take part in the cruise about one week ago and my wife has already left South Africa five weeks ago to work her present four month contract.
Thank you for your help in this matter.
Thomas WL Condie

Answers (1)
Answered by Corey from UAE | Dec. 18, 2014 23:57
If your wife wants to enter China as a passenger, she may need to have a seperate permit to enter. Her seaman's book cannot be used to enter China as a passenge. For her situation, she can try to contact her cruise to for help and then the cruise will usually help her to enter China smoothly. Please do not worry.
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