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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 M. scott from JAPAN | Mar. 31, 2020 23:01Reply
covid 19 visa extension
Hi, I have an x2 visa living in tianjin am i still eligible for the 2 month extension? I tried calling the bureau but they couldn't understand what i was saying(my chinese is bad)
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Apr. 01, 2020 12:31

Yes. Try speaking English instead. Many NIA agents are fluent.
Asked by sam from UNITED STATES | Mar. 30, 2020 07:27Reply
10yr Visa 120 Day duration- COVID Extension
So I’m currently in Shengyang on a 10 year tourist visa with a duration of stay that is for 120 days. My duration stay ends on May 28. Am I able to get the 60 day extension they are offering on visas? And if I get the extension will my 10yr visa be effected? Will I loose the 10year visa?
will the 60 days extension done automatically, meaning no need to do anything?
Otherwise, what am i supposed to do for that 60 days extension? By the way, what is local NIA office stand for?

Thank you in advance!

Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 30, 2020 09:05

You will get the 60-day extension as long as China has not altered or cancelled the policy before then. The extension is automatic and you don't need to do anything. The effect on your 10-year visa is unclear and you can double-check that with the local NIA office, but it can be assumed that it won't affect your existing visa, as there won't be an application for this extension.
Asked by Satya from INDIA | Mar. 29, 2020 05:08Reply
First time going to china because of covid 19 postpone the flight from india now china close borders
My husband have work permit for china till 15nth april
And china visa till 25 April..
Work permil he get only still he not gone China and all this corona problem started on Jan
His flight was on 10 Feb it cancelled..
Now he plan to go on April 3
But now india is close it border
Now this is news about china close it border...
Now in this situation
What we need to do..
1 questi ...that we need to do the all proses from starting like
PPC ,visa , medical,
Then need to get invitation later again,and need to apply again for work permit and visa...
Plz help me ..
Plz bro feel like mad...
Last Oct we start all to go china
And complete all in Jan starting
And our all plan cancel..
Plz help us...
What for the new workrs who still only have temporarily work permit

In this situation
Answers (1)
Answered by Nelly from INDIA | Mar. 30, 2020 00:08

You need to wait until the virus has been totally controlled and go to the China embassy in India to ask for a solution.
Asked by Harvey from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 27, 2020 04:01Reply
Duration of stay (tourist)
I'm a British national in Beijing on a tourist visa (valid until 2022) with a 90 day duration of stay which expires on May 14. Am I eligible for an automatic 60 day duration of stay extension? How might I ascertain this?
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 27, 2020 06:46

If there are no policy changes then yes. To confirm, you will need to contact your nearest NIA office by phone or WeChat, or visit in person.
Asked by Hunter from US | Mar. 26, 2020 09:59Reply
10yr Visa 60Day duration- COVID Extension
So I’m currently in Shanghai on a 10 year tourist visa wth a duration of stay that is for 60 days. My duration stay ends on May 14. Am I able to get the 60 day extension they are offering on visas? And if I get the extension will my 10yr visa be effected? Will I loose the 10year visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 27, 2020 06:50

Yes if there are no policy changes by then. The 10-year visa is only voided when you apply for an extension, and since this is automatic it can be assumed that your visa will not be cancelled. Contact your local NIA office for confirmation.
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