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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
How to Apply a China Visa in Hong Kong

- Last modified on Jan. 03, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Renewal and Extension
Asked by Razx from PAKISTAN | Jan. 14, 2021 01:06Reply
Visa Extention
my visa will gonna expire on 20jan. im planning to get another student visa. but i dont have enough time. so can i get a T visa for a month and later change it into student visa? im in tianjin.
Asked by Bob from USA | Jan. 06, 2021 02:31Reply
Can my wife change her visa from spouse to work visa in China?
My wife has been given an interview opportunity for a chinese company in Shanghai. She has the qualifications for the position and has some very specific qualities this positions requires such as being a native Thai speaker. Is it possible to change spouse visas to work visas in Shanghai? I understand the strict protection of Chinese labor forces but the company has many Thai natives working for them in shanghai already. Is this possible?
Answers (1)
Answered by Johannes Ricke | Jan. 07, 2021 20:39

If she is offered the position, then the company will/should assist in applying for a working permit.
Asked by Nyasha from CHINA | Jan. 04, 2021 17:49Reply
Domestic travel
Can I travel to another city in China with a visa application receipt whilst waiting for my passport from the immigration
Answers (1)
Answered by Jasper | Jan. 10, 2021 23:52

Yes, you can.
Asked by Seb from CANADA | Jan. 01, 2021 23:02Reply
Humanitarian Visa
My study visa expire this month. I am worry to go back to my country in Canada. They have one flight available that I could take, but the government require a 14 days quarantine. From statistique Canada, it seem at least 1 person have the virus when traveling back between province in Canada.
The part I am worry is the flight back, contracting the covid19 and spread it to my mother, person at risk, since the quarantine would be taken place there.

I was wondering if It's possible to get a humanitarian Visa that could cover 30 days, until my country deal the virus more efficiency.
Answers (6)
Answered by Tom Dick & Harry | Jan. 01, 2021 23:23

I’m just curious as to what you are studying on your student visa? You’re English is appalling! Are you sure Canada is your ‘home’ country?
Answered by Seb | Jan. 03, 2021 20:49


I appreciate your sarcasm. If you know a little about Canada, you would notice we don't only speak English but also French has main language.

Beside that useful comment. Any, real information would be appreciated.

Best regards,
Answered by Tom Dick & Harry | Jan. 04, 2021 02:14

You’re not French speaking either!
Answered by Bert | Jan. 10, 2021 19:31

Hi Seb, 1) the officers at the Exit Entry office might advice you to do the quarantine at another place, in a hotel, for example. What would you tell them? 2) You could post a message at the website of shanghaiexitentry.com/qna/. Someone has created and maintains this very useful site and answers questions with qualified information and empathy.
Answered by Seb | Jan. 11, 2021 04:37

Yes, they were very useful. They extended my Visa.

Have a good day,
Answered by Seb | Jan. 11, 2021 04:38

You should troll elsewhere.

Asked by Filip from SPAIN | Jan. 01, 2021 21:25Reply
Marriage visa
Hello. I'm holding a M visa (with yet two extensions due to business and cannot exit). I have a chinese girlfriend, but to marry we need a lot of documents not easy to obtain now ( in Spain government is working so slow...). Can I obtain some kind of extension that allows me to stay here during this time ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Johannes Ricke | Jan. 03, 2021 04:21

You don’t need ‘lots’ of documents to get married. As far as the Spanish government goes, you just need an affirmation of non marriage which you get from the Spanish embassy/consulate, passport with valid visa, and residence registration. Your girlfriend (which she can easily find out), I.d., and hukou. Plus 3 photos! Easy!
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