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Apply for China Visa in a Third Country

It’s a common scene that travelers need to obtain China visas in a country which is not their home country, usually called a third country.

Can you apply for a Chinese visa in another country?

While it is possible to apply for Chinese visa outside home country, you may run into more difficulties compared with applying from your own country. Some consular offices do not accept applications from temporary visitors in the country concerned. In some cases having a visa for that country is considered OK, but this might be of no help if you are in a country where you do not require one.

There is no simple answer to this issue, nor is it clear exactly why this rule exists. The first option is to try at every Chinese consulate en route in the hope that one will grant you a China visa. Some people may courier passport and application to a friend or agent in their own country to apply for China visa, but this will be in vain because the applicant is required to be physically in the application country.

Requirements for Applying China Visa in a Third Country

1. Passport with a remaining validity of six months and blank visa pages
2. A completed China Visa Application Form
3. A 48mm x 33mm recent color photo
4. Proof of legal stay or residency in the third country, which can be your visa, residence permit, student certificate or employment permit in the country
5. Other documents supporting your reason for the intended travel, such as travel itinerary, round-trip tickets, or an invitation letter from a China travel agency

Apply for China Visa in Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong and Macau are considered as foreign territory on this regard so they are considered as 'third regions'.

It’s possible to apply for a Chinese visa in Hong Kong or Macau, but maybe for shorter duration of stay compared with applying from your home country. If you have an ID card or long-term visa there, it may facilitate the application.

Generally speaking, you can only get single or double entry China visa if you are visitors in Hong Kong without HK ID Card; if you have previous entries into mainland or you are Hong Kong student/work visa holders, you possibly can get a multiple-entry visa to mainland. The same rule applies to Macau.

As there is chance that your application may get refused, here TravelChinaGuide advises that you had better arrange Chinese visa in advance in your resident country to reduce the risk of visa refusal. If you have to apply from HK or Macau, you need to go to the China Visa Application Center in Hong Kong or the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC in Macau.

China Visa Application Center in Hong Kong

Address: 20th Floor, Capital Center, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:00 from Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
Telephone: 852-29921999
Fax: 852-29891116
Email: hongkongcenter@visaforchina.org

Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC in Macau

It is quite small and some travelers suggest it is less generous than the Hong Kong office.

Address: No. 208, Av. de Marciano Baptista
Telephone: 853- 87915404
Fax: 853- 28726900
Offices Hours: 09:00 - 12:30 & 14:30 - 18:00 from Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

Cost for Applying from Hong Kong & Macau

China Visa Fee US Canada UK New Zealand
Apply in HK HKD 1,340 HKD 850 HKD 1,180 HKD 1,070
Apply in Macau MOP 1,130 MOP 630 MOP 1,190 MOP 850

* For reference only.
* It takes 4 working days for visa processing. If you want to get it within 2-3 days, you have to apply for rush service or express service by paying extra money.

 Note: Foreigners residing in Taiwan can apply for China visa either from Hong Kong or Macau, or from their home country.

Further Reading:

How to Apply for a China Visa
China Visa Application Requirements

- Last modified on May. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Apply for China Visa in a Third Country
Asked by Nancy Wratten from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 14, 2019 23:07Reply
I am a permanent resident of Australia I have a British passport, how do I apply for a visa to China
Answers (1)
Answered by Biber from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 16, 2019 20:32

Nancy, you can prepare the required documents and then submit the application to CVASC in Australia.
Asked by fabi from UKRAINE | Jun. 14, 2019 01:14Reply
im from Ukraine can I get Z visa in Macau
im living in china i want get my Z visa can i get my Z visa in macao im from ukraine thanks
Answers (3)
Answered by Greta from USA | Jun. 14, 2019 02:58

Fabi, you can apply in Ukraine.
Answered by Salvatore from ITALY | Jun. 14, 2019 09:19

Thanks captain obvious! His question was can he apply in HK or Macau?
Answered by Helen from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 17, 2019 02:25

He can apply in Hong Kong or Macau.
Asked by Jeanette Obiena from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 13, 2019 05:07Reply
I am a filipino passport holder in italy now, but i want to apply for china vist. where can i apply
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from USA | Jun. 14, 2019 00:54

Dear, you should apply at CVASC in Italy.
Asked by Laurence from UK, LIVING IN SPAIN | Jun. 12, 2019 16:03Reply
China visa for the United Kingdom citizen
Hi, I'm a UK citizen staying in Spain and plan to go to China in August
I want a multi entry Visa. Is it possible to get it in Barcelona? And do I have to show the air ticket when applying?
Answers (1)
Answered by Billie from USA | Jun. 12, 2019 23:49

Laurence, you can apply at CVASC in Barcelona. Air tickets may not necessary depending on the type you apply for.
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