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China Visa Renewal and Extension

Generally speaking, it is not possible to renew, extend a China visa or change it into another type once it is issued. However, if you want to spend more time there, want a multiple-entry visa, or need to have a different type of visa, you can - in many circumstances - apply within China.

Currently, it seems that one month is the standard period for regular tourist visa extension. However, the accumulated length of the extended stay cannot exceed the duration of stay on your original visa.

Where to extend or renew China visa?

The procedure is very similar to applying outside through Chinese embassy, but you must go to the Public Security Bureau (PSB) Exit and Entry Administration office of county level or above. Smaller centers might not have good English speakers so it is a good idea to take a Chinese friend with you if you can. Ask at international hotels if you are not sure where the PSB Exit and Entry Administration office is.

When to apply for China visa renewal and extension?

According to the regulations, you have to submit application for extension at least 7 days before your visa expires. The PSB officers will issue you with a receipt once they accept your application and make the final decision within 7 days. If you apply too late, you may overstay and are subject to a fine and possible deportation.

The new visa runs from the date of issue (a small difference compared with those issued outside China which do not start until entry) and the old one is cancelled at the same time. So, you cannot have two concurrent visas.

How to extend or renew my China visa?

The required documents you must prepare in advance include your passport, a recent passport style photo, a registration form of temporary residence, and proof about reasons for extending or renewing your China visa, for example, if you apply for tourist visa extension, you need to submit a travel itinerary.

In normal cases, the applicant should come in person to the PSB Exit and Entry Administration office to submit the application. Upon arrival, complete a visa application form and attach your photo onto it. Then submit the application.

In the following situations, the applicant can have others or an agency submit the application:
1) The applicant is under 16 or more than 60 years old, or with mobility difficulties.
2) The applicant is not a first-time visitor to China and has a good stay record for the past visits.
3) There is an inviting entity or individual funding the applicant’s visit.

How to get the registration form of temporary residence for overseas visitors

The residency registration comes from the regulation that all foreigners must register their accommodation details within 24 hours after entering China.

If you are staying in a hotel certified to accommodate foreigners, it can provide you with a hotel accommodation registration slip. If not, you must obtain an accommodation registration printout from the police station for the area you are living in and where you should already have registered. So if you are staying in a non accredited hotel or with friends or in an apartment but have not registered, you should either register or stay in an accredited hotel for one night in order to get the slip.

How much does it cost to extend a China visa?

For nationals of most countries, the fee is CNY 160. For some countries, the fee may differ. US citizens need to pay CNY 760 for an extension while UK citizens need CNY 469.

Further Reading:

How to Apply for a China Visa
Apply for China Visa in a Third Country

- Last modified on Dec. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Renewal and Extension
Asked by Thomas from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 23, 2020 01:52Reply
Tourist Visa to Student Visa with Admissions Notice from School
I recently was accepted to study Chinese at a Chinese University for 1 semester. (Less than 180 days)
I attempted to apply for a student visa with all my documents. However the visa worker advised me the admission notice printout was not sufficient and I need the physical and original admissions notice from the school (must be posted out to me). As I am under time-constrains I am asking it it is possible to apply for a tourist visa and then change to a X2 (less than 180 days) student visa with the original admissions notice with the schools help? (Also a residence permit).

Asked by Gabrielle from UNITED STATES | Jan. 17, 2020 01:33Reply
Changing my visa from an X2 to a Q1 after marrying a Chinese citizen
Is this possible? I've been living in China for over two years now, once on a work visa, two separate times on student visas. I'm marrying my Chinese partner whom I've been with this entire time. Can I change my X2 to a Q1 without leaving China?
Answers (1)
Answered by Evis from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 18, 2020 21:49

Yes, you can do this at the local exit and entry administration.
Asked by Milica Mrkaic from SERBIA | Jan. 16, 2020 15:03Reply
Passport expiration
Does my passport need to be valid for 6 more months at the moment of work visa extension application? If yes, and my passport is to expire in less than 6 months, what can I do? I've been in China for almost a year.
Answers (1)
Answered by Malcolm from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 18, 2020 21:44

If you renew your visa in China, your passport doesn't have to be valid for more than 6 months.
Asked by Teegs from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 16, 2020 08:56Reply
Tourist visa extension from Z visa
Hi. If my Z work visa expires on 2nd September and I want to travel for a month straight after it from the 3rd, can I apply for a 1 month visa extension as a tourist?
If so, is it likely to be approved?
Is there any way to travel here after a work visa without having to go all the way back to my home country first? Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Hank from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 18, 2020 21:46

Yes, when you cancel your work visa and residence permit in the local exit and entry administration, you can apply for a 30-day tourist visa at the same time, so that you can travel after your Z visa expires.
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