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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
How to Apply a China Visa in Hong Kong
China Visa Application Requirements

- Last modified on Jun. 08, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Apply for China Visa in a Third Country
Asked by Joyce from MALAYSIA | Aug. 03, 2020 02:19Reply
Can British passport holder apply X1 student visa to China in Malaysia?
Hello, I am a British passport holder, and I traveled to Malaysia before the Chinese New Year for a short term holiday. However, due to the pandemic and MCO, I decided to stay here until the Chinese border is reopened for students to go back. Is it possible for me to apply an X1 visa in Malaysia (when the visa center is open for student applications)? Thank you!
Asked by jonathon from USA | Jul. 26, 2020 04:17Reply
Hey im a U.S soldier in germany
I'm wondering how to get a visa while I'm in Germany to travel to Shanghai for like week
Answers (1)
Answered by William from USA | Jul. 29, 2020 20:02

Jonathon, as you are a soldier, it will be nearly impossible for you to get a China visa from another country.
Asked by Kat from AMERICA | Jul. 15, 2020 03:47Reply
Can I apply for Chinese visa in Macau As I am holding an US passport?
Hi, my Chinese visa has voided as I stayed over the allowance time in China. Can I go to Macau to apply for another Chinese visa when the boarder opens? What is the chance I will get it? Thanks.
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Answered by Emma from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 19, 2020 19:29

Kat, after the border opens, it's possible to go to Macau to apply for another Chinese visa.
Asked by Daria from CANADA | Jul. 10, 2020 08:44Reply
I am from Canada, can I apply for tourist visa in HK due to changes in HK status?
Daria from Canada
Answers (1)
Answered by Betty from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 13, 2020 01:50

I'm afraid not.
Asked by Steve from BULGARIA | Jun. 20, 2020 20:51Reply
Hello.Can I apply for new business M visa in Macau?
Answers (1)
Answered by Frank from GERMANY | Jun. 23, 2020 19:24

Steve, it seems not very likely at present.
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