I'm about to apply for a tourist visa to China (the People's Republic, so not Taiwan) for a holiday in the New Year (my g/f and I plan to go to the mainland (probably Shanghai) and Hong Kong). I'm interested to know if anyone has had any recent problems from the Chinese authorities when applying for one of these? I wouldn't have had any concern apart from two questions on the visa application: a. When the online form asks for occupation one of the options is "Active duty military personnel." Which to be honest I'm not quite sure what that means. I am in the Navy, but I will not be on active duty when I am there (I'll be on leave). I'm thinking I will go for the Government Official option instead, but clearly I don't want to be telling fibs on an official document. b. The other question of concern is "Have you ever visited other country(ies) of territory(ies) in the last 12 months? If yes, please specify date(s), name of country(ies) or territory(ies) and purpose(s) of the visit(s)." I've just come back from Afghanistan (the China trip will be part of my POTL) and clearly I was not there for personal reasons! Grateful for any feedback from anyone has who has recently travelled there. Please remember OpSec in any reply. Note - Although there are various regulations applying to military personnel which we have to be mindful of when travelling overseas, this question is not aimed at discussing these. Partly because of OpSec and partly because it is simply a case of looking these up.