Opening of Chinese Visa Application Centre in Penang

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Good news for China visa applicants in the north! 

  • Located at Bank of China, Lebuh Bishop
  • Six working days to process
  • Visa can be mailed or collected
  • Same fees as in KL
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The first person to submit a visa application at the newly opened Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Penang today was retiree Sunny Ooi, 60.

Ooi is going to Guangzhou next month with a group of friends for a holiday.

He said that having a centre in Penang was convenient for him to apply for visas to visit China for future trips.

“I do not have to travel to the Chinese Embassy (in Kuala Lumpur) to make an application, I can do it here (in Penang),” he said.

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In opening the centre located at the Bank of China office in Lebuh Bishop, Wu Jun, the China Consul General to Penang, said the centre will aim to provide visa application services in an efficient and convenient manner.

He said bilateral relations between Malaysia and China are “at the best level” in history and had fostered close relationships under the Chinese-led “Road and Belt” initiative.

“I believe that the establishment of the Penang office will further improve the exchanges between Malaysia and China,” he said in his speech.

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Wu said the process to obtain a visa will take six working days and applicants can opt to have their visa mailed to them or collect it from the centre.

According to him, Chinese authorities expect about 50,000 applicants a year at the centre as some 16,000 applications from the northern region of the country were already made at the Embassy yearly.

“The fees are the same as for the one in Kuala Lumpur, there are no additional charges,” he added.