If you are planning a drive from Denmark to China, you will need to consider some of the challenges associated with this. For instance, aside from the sheer distance involved and the amount of time you will need to spend behind the wheel of your car, or on your motorcycle, you will also have to contend with China’s approach to foreign drivers. While it is possible for visitors to drive on China’s roads and to bring their own vehicles into the country, you will need to prepare properly if you are hoping to do so. Generally, it is recommended to work with a tour operator that has knowledge of the country, local contacts and prior experience helping people to make such a road trip. In this article, we explore the requirements for driving to the country and the best route to take.
It is important to plan your route from Denmark to China, and the various places you will stop along the way, but a major part of the preparation phase for your trip will involve dealing with China’s strict laws on foreign drivers and foreign-registered vehicles. The first step here will be to apply for a Chinese driving licence. China does not allow visitors to drive using an international driving permit, or a foreign driving licence. Most tourists will be able to apply for a temporary licence, but the process is not straightforward and this is one of the reasons why it is vital to work with experts who know how to deal with such an application.
On top of this, you will also need to register your vehicle and the regulations surrounding this can be strict. You will usually need an up-to-date MOT, an official translation of the documentation, photographs of your vehicle from every side and relevant insurance. On top of this, you will need to attach temporary number plates to your car or bike. It may also be necessary to supply evidence of your hotel bookings in the country and you may be questioned on where you intend to travel to and when. For this reason, you will need to come up with a clear itinerary.
Is it possible to travel from Denmark 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 Denmark.
Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in København
Office address: Lyngbyvej 28, st.tv. 2100 Copenhagen Ø
Parking address: Bryggervangen 5, 2100 Copenhagen Ø )
Business Hours: Monday-Friday，Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Submission of applications: 9:00 to 15:00.
Payment and collection: 9:00 to 16:00.
Your exact route will depend on where in China you intend to travel to and whether there are specific locations you would like to see along the way. However, the most efficient route is likely to take you through Germany, Poland and Belarus, before you continue on through much of Russia and then into Kazakhstan.
Once in Kazakhstan, the main options are to travel through either Kyrgyzstan or Mongolia, before crossing the border into China. It is also possible to cross the border from Kazakhstan itself, as well as from several other countries in the region, but deviating too far from this basic path may make your journey unnecessarily complicated.
Please note that you will need to check visa rules for every country you travel through, no matter how briefly. You will not usually need separate visas for entering countries like Germany, Poland and Belarus, but you will need a visa for countries like Russia and Mongolia. Furthermore, you may need permits for specific Chinese provinces.
The following are the most commonly used routes for Denmark-China:
Route 1(Entering China from Kyrgyzstan): Denmark-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan (or Uzbekistan)-Kyrgyzstan-Turkut Port or Irkstan Port-China
Route 2(Entering China from Mogolia): Denmark-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Mongolia-Bulgan Gol or Zamiin-Uud-China
Route 3(Entering China from Kyrgyzstan): Denmark-Germany-Czech Republic-Hungary-Serbia-Bulgaria-Turkey-Iran-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China
Route 4(Entering China from Pakistan): Denmark-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: Denmark-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan (or Uzbekistan)-Kyrgyzstan-China (Xinjiang)-Pakistan-India
Route 2: Denmark-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan (or Uzbekistan)-Kyrgyzstan-China (Xinjiang, Tibet)-Nepal-India
Route 3: Denmark-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: Denmark-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan (or Uzbekistan)-Kyrgyzstan-Turkut Port or Irkstan Port-China-Laos-Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
Route 2: Denmark-Germany-Poland-Belarus-Russia-Mongolia-Bulgan Gol or Zamiin-Uud-China-Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
Route 3: Denmark-Germany-Czech Republic-Hungary-Serbia-Bulgaria-Turkey-Iran-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China-Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
Route 4: Denmark-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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