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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 Jan. 22, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Apply for China Visa in a Third Country
Asked by ALI MUHAMMAD from PAKISTAN | Jan. 22, 2021 09:42Reply
Can I ask you about get china visa in other country
I am a Pakistani my duration visa is Q2 I tried to get new Q2 visa in the embassy people republic of China in Islamabad but the embassy s say this impossible to get q visa now I have some business trip to Nepal if that time the China Embassy s allowed Q visas then can possible I apply my Q2 visa in Nepal ? Thank you for your understanding
Asked by Nature Sigma from CHINA | Jan. 13, 2021 23:40Reply
L Visa application in Macau
I am currently residing in Mainland China looking to apply for an L Visa. I've had one since 2018. Since the COVID 19 quarantine was declared throughout the country around March 28, 2020 I haven't been able to renew or work for the necessary funds. Until now. Would a non-resident foreigner like myself be able to apply in Macau for the L visa and avoid undergoing the 14 day quarantine?
Answers (2)
Answered by Kate | Jan. 24, 2021 22:07

You can't get an L visa for China at present no matter where you do the application.
Answered by Garfield IKEA | Jan. 25, 2021 06:02

does that include Macau? I've heard entry is favorable towards non-resident foreigners from Mainland China. no quarantine.
Asked by Ella from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 11, 2021 05:02Reply
Can I get a working Visa for China on holiday in another country?
I am due to work for a big company in Beijing starting at the end of February, but I am a British citizen residing in Britain. There is a temporary suspension on us being able to get visas. I am desperate and will lose everything if I lose this job. Is there any way I can go abroad to apply for my visa? If yes where can I go?
I have my police check and signed completed medical check completed.
It’s so hard to find straight answers online!
Answers (1)
Answered by Kevin | Jan. 24, 2021 19:25

Ella, as you have stayed in the UK during the past 14 days, it's hard for you to get a Chinese visa, even if you leave the country and apply for the visa in another country.
Asked by Mike Kee from MALAYSIA | Jan. 08, 2021 22:54Reply
China work permit visa
Is it possible for a Malaysian to apply for a china work visa in Hong Kong? Due to the pandemic, the Chinese embassy in Malaysia remain closed indefinitely. So, i am hoping i could apply the visa via a third country. Please advise. Thanks.
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Answered by Greta | Jan. 10, 2021 23:51

Well, you can have a try, but I can't give you a confirmed answer. As you know, things are not clear at present.
Asked by Jerome from INDIA | Jan. 04, 2021 08:08Reply
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Is it possible in this epidemic situation to get a China visa. I am Indian passport holder.
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Answered by Albert | Jan. 10, 2021 23:50

I'm afraid not at present, dear.
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