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Jana Dunn Jul 15, 2015 at 04:05 PM

I am getting ready to send my application off to Genvisa. I see I can pay an additional $8 to have the passport and visa insured on its way back to me, but that FedEx will require a signature. Does anybody who's done this know if this is the kind of signature where I can sign a card saying the packet can be left at my house, or if I need to be home to receive the packet myself?
Jana Dunn Jul 15, 2015 at 05:05 PM

I answered my own question, sort of. I called Genvisa, and I believe the man on the phone said they use FedEx's "indirect signature required." It was a bad connection. He also said they require an adult signature, which would be different than the indirect signature method.
Jana Dunn Jul 15, 2015 at 05:06 PM

The Genvisa person also said it is not necessary to fill out the visa form in ALL CAPS as the instructions state; he says that's not enforced.

Don & Carole Guenther Jul 15, 2015 at 01:41 PM

As a retired pediatrician, I no longer have expertise in immunizations. We will be visiting a travel clinic. They know what you need and have it available along with the proper paper work. I recommend this to anyone going to out of the way places.

Marilyn Luft Jul 14, 2015 at 12:31 PM

I was on this trip in May, amazing trip, and can underscore the need to take altitude sickness pills, beginning 2 days before Tibet. I began pills the day before the flight and was very ill the first day upon arrival. Tibet is so wonderful that you don't want to be ill for any part of it. As to Hep A & B, I would never travel anywhere without the vaccinations.

Sue Kremer Jul 13, 2015 at 05:31 PM

Leaving September 1st with my sister. Any fellow travelers? To Pat Geuting, you are so right about the Peter Hessler books and his wife's Factory Girls is equally enjoyable. Was just at the travel clinic and began the Hep B series. It's not for food/water borne illness but rather is transmitted by blood. My fear is the unthinkable possibility of needing medical care involving an IV. Couldn't recall getting an adult polio booster so threw that in as well! Getting very excited!
Marilyn Demler Jul 13, 2015 at 06:30 PM

My one comment to all of you going to Tibet, is to make sure you have medication for altitude sickness and start using it the day before you fly there . Several people on our tour (Oct '14) spent days in be, sick from the high altitude. It's a fabulous trip!
Grace Rintzler Jul 13, 2015 at 08:20 PM

To Pat Geuting, my doctor also stated that the Hep B series is in case one ends up in a hospital and needs a transfusion. I guess a long shot, but possible none the less, and he did recommend getting the shot. Guess we'll also get the Polio booster ... also never did get the adult booster. To Marilyn Demler: what kind of medication is for altitude sickness? Is that something 'over-the-counter', or is it by prescription?
Marilyn Demler Jul 14, 2015 at 02:28 AM

It is a prescription.

Grace Rintzler Jul 13, 2015 at 02:14 PM

In the brochure, Road Scholar suggests getting (among other innoculations) "Hepatitis B' vaccinations, as well as a 'Polio Booster'. I was wondering whether others on this trip (past or future) got/will get those innoculations (?). We have already received the other innoculations that were recommended by RS, but not yet these two (did get Polio innoculations &/or oral decades ago, and did get vaccinations for 'Hepatitis A'.
Patricia (Pat) Geuting Jul 13, 2015 at 02:47 PM

Hi, Grace,
Patricia (Pat) Geuting Jul 13, 2015 at 02:51 PM

Hi, grace - I was on the April 2015 trip and I did get the Hep B series. I'm not sure it is really necessary as we always had access to bottled water both in the hotels and on the bus so all else being equal I think it is your call. I got the shots out of an abundance of caution. Hope you have a terrific trip. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot that I'm still trying to absorb and digest. If you haven't read Peter Hessler's books I highly recommend them.
Grace Rintzler Jul 13, 2015 at 03:54 PM

Thanks for your comments Pat. We probably will also be 'cautious' ... Thanks also for your recommendation re Peter Hessler's books .... I will do that!
Grace Rintzler Jul 13, 2015 at 06:01 PM

Hi again Pat - Apparently Peter Hessler's books are not available in our public library, but I will take your suggestion and purchase. I see three books on China: "Oracle Bones: A Journey Throuh Tiime in China"; "River Town: Two Years On The Yabgtze; and "Country Living: A Chinese Road Trip". Which do you recommend ... or is it all three? Thanks so much!

Don & Carole Guenther Jun 19, 2015 at 03:04 PM

We are in the October 6 program. Is anyone else using this Discussion Board?
Grace Rintzler Jun 22, 2015 at 04:58 PM

We are also on the Oct 6th trip. Grace & Arnie Rintzler - coming from New Jersey.
Don & Carole Guenther Jul 02, 2015 at 03:12 PM

Sorry for our delay in acknowledging your response. We've been distracted.
Don & Carole Guenther Jul 02, 2015 at 03:13 PM

Have you received your statement for final payment? It was due June 30. We're looking forward to the trip an getting acquainted with you. Don & Carole
Grace Rintzler Jul 02, 2015 at 03:56 PM

We were told that the final payment is due towards the latter part of July (can't recall the exact date). We also are very much looking forward to the trip. Have you traveled with Road Scholar previously? This will be our third trip, and if they do as good a job as they did on our two previous trips, it should be great! Looking forward to meeting you!
Don & Carole Guenther Jul 11, 2015 at 01:18 PM

Hello again. We have been on several trips with elderhostel/roadscholar and been very pleased. We received our billing statement today and will pay it and sign up for cancellation insurance also. July 8 was the earliest to arrange for a visa, so we will be doing that too. See you in China!

Linda Giovinazzo Jun 15, 2015 at 06:28 PM

For the September 10th trip, has anyone applied for visas yet?

Najad Tuffaha Alhusseini Jun 14, 2015 at 10:19 PM

We are on the Sept 10 tour. Will arrive in Beijing Sept 10, one day before the start. We live in Columbia, MD and depart from BWI via ORD.
Najad Tuffaha Alhusseini Jun 14, 2015 at 10:50 PM

Our email address is najadh@verizon.net
Linda Giovinazzo Jun 15, 2015 at 06:24 AM

We are leaving from Boston and arriving on September 11th. We are looking into the opera and other shows. The opera can be very long, I heard.
Nancy and Bob Slavkovsky Jun 15, 2015 at 02:12 PM

We are coming from Florida for the Sept 10 China trip. Although we usually do not eat as much food as our program will provide us, we can hardly wait to sample the regional food.
Najad Tuffaha Alhusseini Jun 27, 2015 at 08:03 PM

I hope we get the authentic local cooking not tourist trap restaurants.
Linda Giovinazzo Jul 02, 2015 at 07:12 AM

I just sent in my VISA app! One step closer!

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