For those living in Belgium, the country represents a perfectly viable starting point for a road trip to China. On top of this, the country is also a popular stop along the way for people travelling to China from countries like France or the United Kingdom. However, it is important to understand the challenges associated with a drive from Belgium to China.
Firstly, the journey spans thousands of miles and will realistically take several weeks to complete. You will need to stop at various places along the way and make sure you rest sufficiently. On top of this, you will also need to contend with China’s strict laws governing foreign drivers and the use of foreign vehicles on its roads. Nevertheless, these challenges can all be overcome, especially if you work with Road Pioneer’s experienced staff.
Aside from ensuring you have a passport, tourist visa and the necessary insurance, one of the most important steps you need to take in preparation for a drive to China from Belgium is to apply for a Chinese driving licence. China will not recognise an international driving permit or a foreign driving licence, so this is non-negotiable. The good news is the process for obtaining a Chinese licence has become easier for tourists in recent years. You should be able to apply for a temporary Chinese licence, as long as you have a valid driving licence from your own country. It is best to work with a tour operator, as you will need to complete a substantial amount of paperwork.
On top of this, you will need to register your vehicle. This will need to be done in advance and, again, there can be significant paperwork involved, which is why it makes sense to work with a team of experts. Upon arrival in China, you will also have to acquire temporary Chinese number plates, which need to be fitted to your vehicle.
Is it possible to travel from Belgium to China or South East Asia by Motor vehicles? Yes, this is possible. Every year there are people who have done it. They drive normal cars, motor homes, old timer, trucks, buses, vintage cars, pure electric vehicles, and even ride motorcycles to China, India or Southeast Asia.
Because China is not a party to the United Nations International Treaty on Land Transport, international driving licenses are not recognized in China. using ATA Carnet or Carnet de Passages en Douane (CPD) to temporary import the used vehicles of tourists into China is not currently feasible. Tourists’ vehicles need to be registered after entering China and they must obtain temporary Chinese number plates to drive on the road. Therefore, tourists driving in China and driving on Chinese roads usually need to complete the following procedures
Therefore, foreign tourists who want to drive own car/motorbike into China and drive on Chinese roads usually need to complete the following procedures:
Chinese travel agencies usually ask for following Materials and documents
You can apply for a Chinese tourist visa(L Visa) in your home country, or you can apply for Chinese tourist visa in a third country on the road. If conditions permit, we always recommend that you apply in your home country. To apply for a Chinese visa in your home country, you need to ensure that your visa is still valid when you reach the Chinese border. Following are places for applying china visa in Belgium.
Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Bruxelles
Office Address: No. 109 Rue Neerveld, Woluwe Saint-Lambert 1200，Bruxelles
Metro: line 1 Roodbeek
Bus: 42,79 Thiry-woluwe | 29,45 Marcel Thiry | 359,659 Neerveld
Business hours: Monday-Friday (holiday excepted)
Application Submission: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Passport Collection: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tel: 02 775 0888 – Schedule : Monday to friday 9:00 AM to 15:00 AM (holiday excepted)
Fax: 02 775 0880
Although the journey spans vast distances, multiple continents and will take a long time to complete, the basic route from Belgium to China is fairly simple and will suit most travellers. To start with, you will need to travel east, through Germany, Poland and Belarus, before arriving in Russia. Moscow is a common stop along the way.
From there, you will need to change course and head towards Kazakhstan, and then on to either Kyrgyzstan or Mongolia. The former provides easy access to the north west of China, while the latter provides access to the north and north east too. It is also possible to cross the border directly from Kazakhstan and some do opt for this route.
It is possible to cross the Chinese border from some other countries in the region, but going through them is likely to extend and/or complicate your trip. You will need to check visa requirements for the countries you pass through – especially Russia and Mongolia – and stay mindful of any relevant political tensions as well.
The following are the most commonly used routes for Belgium-China:
Route 1(Entering China from Kyrgyzstan): Belgium-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan (or Uzbekistan)-Kyrgyzstan-Turkut Port or Irkstan Port-China
Route 2(Entering China from Mogolia): Belgium-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Mongolia-Bulgan Gol or Zamiin-Uud-China
Route 3(Entering China from Kyrgyzstan): Belgium-Germany-Czech Republic-Hungary-Serbia-Bulgaria-Turkey-Iran-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China
Route 4(Entering China from Pakistan): Belgium-Germany-Czech Republic-Hungary-Serbia-Bulgaria-Turkey-Iran-(Many governments will advise their citizens to stay away from the Iran-Pakistan border, please refer to the latest Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel security tips)-Pakistan-China
Route 1: Belgium-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan (or Uzbekistan)-Kyrgyzstan-China (Xinjiang)-Pakistan-India
Route 2: Belgium-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan (or Uzbekistan)-Kyrgyzstan-China (Xinjiang, Tibet)-Nepal-India
Route 3: Belgium-Germany-Czech Republic-Hungary-Serbia-Bulgaria-Turkey-Iran-(Many governments will advise their citizens to stay away from the Iran-Pakistan border, please refer to the latest Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel security tips)-Pakistan-India
Route 1: Belgium-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan (or Uzbekistan)-Kyrgyzstan-Turkut Port or Irkstan Port-China-Laos-Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
Route 2: Belgium-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Mongolia-Bulgan Gol or Zamiin-Uud-China-Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
Route 3: Belgium-Germany-Czech Republic-Hungary-Serbia-Bulgaria-Turkey-Iran-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China-Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
Route 4: Belgium-Germany-Czech Republic-Hungary-Serbia-Bulgaria-Turkey-Iran-(Many governments will advise their citizens to stay away from the Iran-Pakistan border, please check the latest travel security tips from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)-Pakistan-India-Myanmar-Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
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