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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 Sep. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Apply for China Visa in a Third Country
Asked by Thomas Varghese from INDIA | Oct. 05, 2019 12:05Reply
Now Iam in India.due to continuous holidays of Chinese Embassy in India,I couldn't get Chinese Visa
I am planning to attend Canton Fair on15 th
Answers (1)
Answered by Thomas Varghese from INDIA | Oct. 05, 2019 12:08

So I am Planning to visit,Macao and apply Chinese Visa from Macao.
What it's Possible?
Asked by Kevin from VIETNAM | Oct. 03, 2019 17:04Reply
Zvisa application in HK
Hi Sandra your answer to Joe about him applying from home as he is an American would this new rule apply to UK citizens too. The company that I am going to work for is arranging work permit and I have been told I can collect in HK as I am currently in Vietnam?
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Answered by Jenny from USA | Oct. 09, 2019 19:06

Kevin, if the company is sure that you can collect visa in HK, I think it will be fine.
Asked by Harriet McIntosh from VIRGIN ISLANDS VG | Oct. 02, 2019 14:49Reply
Citizen of the British Virgin Islands
I am assisting my manager to acquire a visa to visit Zhengzhou, Henan, China on business, I would like to know which embassy location should he apply to. He is in the British Virgin Islands.
Answers (1)
Answered by Nelly from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 09, 2019 19:05

Please contact the China embassy in UK and ask.
Asked by Brankica from SERBIA | Sep. 30, 2019 21:15Reply
S1 visa in Macau to apply for family reunion visa in China
In order to apply for Chinese family reunion visa for my daughter, she has to have any kind of visa for China (since our country has no visa 30 days stay policy and she can't get tourist visa because of that). Can I apply her for S1 visa in Macau? I have work and residents permit in China.
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Answered by Wendy from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 08, 2019 23:10

She had better apply from her home country. It she doesn't have a residence permit in Macau, it's hard to apply for mainland China visa there.
Asked by Vince from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 26, 2019 09:36Reply
China visa in Macau, resident of another country
I am a resident of the Philippines and will be travelling to Macau. I do not have time to apply for a china visa in my country because I will be flying out tomorrow and my work just decided to extend my travel from Macau to China. What are the requirements to apply for a China Visa in Macau and do I have to have an appointment with the Chinese Consulate there or just a walk-in applicant?
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Answered by Frank from PORTUGAL | Sep. 28, 2019 19:19

The required documents may include your passport, application form, passport-size photo, return ticket, and hotel bookings. You don't need to make an appointment if applying in Macau.

However, I doubt whether you can apply there if you don't have a residence permit.
Answered by Essie from GERMANY | Oct. 11, 2019 18:04

Hi ... did it work out ?
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