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)
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.
I am a dual citizen, Italian and American. I live in the UK as an Italian citizen. But my work visa and residence permit for China are in my American passport. I was set to go back to China in May to renew my visa, but we do not know yet if I will be able to go due to the outbreak. I would not be able to get a new visa in the UK for my American passport, even if I can prove my residency in the UK?