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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 Nov. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Apply for China Visa in a Third Country
Asked by James from USA | Dec. 06, 2019 01:07Reply
Reapplying for a Chinese Business Visa
I accidentally overstayed a business visa (My first business visa) recently thinking it was 90 days, but instead it was a 60 day. I had to go to the local Entry & Exit office to sort out my problem and pay money for each day. They gave me a bunch of documents proving i took care of the issue. Things seemed pretty okay here locally in terms of how everything was handled. However I want to know if i fly out of China now and go to Macau, would they be able to grant me another business visa there knowing these details? Or would i have to go back to the US for a better chance to reapply? I'm American and Ive been to China many times over the years without any visa issues. Before this business visa i was on a work visa
Answers (1)
Answered by Doris from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 08, 2019 23:08

James, it's hard to say whether this overstaying will have any negative impact on your further application. You will never know it before you apply for a new China visa.
Asked by Max from ZIMBABWE | Dec. 04, 2019 16:11Reply
X1 visa
Hello I tried applying for a student visa in Philippines. I’m Zimbabwean and I had all the documents but the embassy never gave me a reason why they rejected. Is it possible to just go to hongkong and continue the application there?
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Answered by Male from FRANCE | Dec. 04, 2019 19:31

To be honest, you still have a big chance of being denied if you apply for it in Hong Kong. You had better apply in your own country.
Asked by Michael from NETHERLANDS | Nov. 28, 2019 23:44Reply
Hi, I'm studying Chinese in Fuzhou right now. But for my new X1 I need to go out of China first. Where is the best place to apply right now? I am Dutch.
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Answered by Joey from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 01, 2019 23:18

The best place is the local exit and entry administration in the city where your university is located. You can try to renew your X1 there directly.
Asked by Isah from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 25, 2019 18:10Reply
Can I apply for chinese visa from hongkong for tourist visa only while entering hongkong ?
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Answered by Monica from USA | Nov. 26, 2019 18:45

It's possible to do that.
Asked by Emilie from CANADA | Nov. 21, 2019 10:06Reply
Canadian applying for X2 chinese visa in Macau
As canadian, can I apply for the X2 chinese visa in Macau? I already have the tourist visa for China (10 years, multiple entries, 60 days) and gave my fingerprints.

Thank you!!
Answers (1)
Answered by Elena from USA | Nov. 21, 2019 18:51

As you have no residency in Macau, it may be hard to apply from there, but you can have a try.
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