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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 Apr. 16, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Apply for China Visa in a Third Country
Asked by Esther from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 18, 2019 18:51Reply
Hello. Good day. Invitation letter
I am Australian permanent resident and I applied for a tourist visa to enable me go to Shanghai for four days before I continue my holiday trip to Japan. I already booked and paid for the trip with a letter of confirmation from the hotel which I attached to my application. But they said that I should get a letter of invitation form a Chinese government because of my Nigerian passport. So am looking for help with getting the letter of invitation from the local Chinese government. I talked to the Chinese consular but they said that they couldn’t help me. I really need help considering that I already paid for the trip.
Answers (2)
Answered by Alexander | Apr. 18, 2019 20:58

If so, you are advised to find an agency to help you apply for the invitation letter.
Answered by Esther from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 18, 2019 23:30

Please do you have contact of any agency that can help me with this. The ones I called couldn’t help me. It’s becoming a little bit fustrating. Please any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Asked by Karen from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 16, 2019 22:00Reply
How to apply for a tourist visa to China.
I am a permanent resident of Australia but i am still a British Citizen and travel on a British Passport. How do i apply and what do i need to apply for a tourist visa to China? I am travelling in May 2020.

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Abercrombie | Apr. 17, 2019 20:18

First, prepare your passport and copy of its data page, the application form, a passport-style photo, round trip air tickets and hotel reservation as well as others. Next, submit the application to CVASC to apply for L type.
Asked by Hanna from BELARUS | Apr. 12, 2019 06:02Reply
X2 visa
Hello, I’m Belarusian and I want to get Chinese X2 in Macau. Is it possible if I’ll come to Macau as a tourist, without Macau visa?
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Answered by Jenkin | Apr. 14, 2019 19:57

You can try to apply for Macau VOA for the visit in there.
Asked by Owusu from GHANA | Apr. 10, 2019 23:02Reply
Can I apply visa in Macau
I’m a from Ghana and already a student in china with x1, can I apply from Macau to change my visa to z?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sophia | Apr. 11, 2019 19:40

You can try to apply for work Z type from the office of the commissioner of the ministry of foreign affairs of PRC in Macau.
Asked by Robin from INDIA | Apr. 09, 2019 07:05Reply
M Indian passport holder can I get multiple entry Visa from hk
Answers (1)
Answered by Kevin from GERMANY | Apr. 10, 2019 20:04

Hi, you can have a try, but you are advised to apply for multiple entries visa in your home country.
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