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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 Sep. 08, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Renewal and Extension
Asked by josephine from USA | Oct. 16, 2020 11:00Reply
Just a comment about extensions : you can only get two, and on the second one they will cancel the visa. They don't tell you this until it's too late, so be aware.

Also, the price listed here is wrong, at least for shanghai. They charge 940 rmb for an extension.
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Answered by Gabby | Oct. 18, 2020 20:12

Thanks for your info, dear.
Asked by Kelly from USA | Oct. 15, 2020 18:35Reply
when to apply + valid reason for extension??
Hello, I wanted to ask for clarification on when to apply for the extension. In this post, it says that my current visa will be cancelled upon the extension being issued, so that means that I should apply almost right before the current one expires (but still at least a week before), right?

Also, if I do end up going to China, I am unsure if my reason for an extended stay past my visa expiration date will be accepted. I have a tourist visa currently, but I will not have anything like a travel itinerary because I was planning on just staying with immediate family living in China.
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Answered by Kelly | Oct. 15, 2020 18:53

So, I realized that I actually have a Q2 visa, so I the second part of my question makes no sense. However I would still like to ask what would constitute as a valid reason for extension if I have a Q2 visa, instead. Thank you.
Answered by Johannes | Oct. 15, 2020 20:02

A visa extension applies to a person being in China! If you are not in China, you cannot ‘extend’ a visa. You need to apply for a new one, however I’m not sure whether you’ll be able to during the pandemic.
Asked by Fausto Tatarella from ITALY | Oct. 14, 2020 22:01Reply
Having cardiac chronic problems and need other checks, can I ask extension of 30 day of my visa?
Is just the 3rd time I have obtained extensions.
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Answered by Johannes | Oct. 15, 2020 19:59

Asked by Lucky from USA | Oct. 04, 2020 07:55Reply
Is my 10 year S2 China VISA still valid?
I am a US citizen carrying two passports. One that expired with my China 10 year S2 VISA in it and one that is valid that now has a 30 day extension VISA that expired. My 10 year VISA will not expire until 2025 and has a 90 day duration of stay. I was in China and needed to get a extension due to the inability to leave the country because of the virus. My 90 day duration of each stay was up and I could not leave. After one 30 day extension, that is in my passport without my S2 VISA, I was able to find a flight back to the USA. My 10 year China S2 VISA was never stamped with ‘cancelled’ like my previous visas. My question is can I still use my 10 year S2 VISA to enter China when the borders open? I have belongings there that need to be collected.
If I get a new clean passport without the 30 day extension visa in it would my 10 year S2 VISA in my other passport still pass at the border?
Thanks for your expertise!
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Answered by Johannes Ricke | Oct. 05, 2020 01:30

I believe your visa is still valid. Obviously you need to travel with both passports, no need to get a new one, the extension is now irrelevant.
Answered by Lucky | Oct. 05, 2020 09:18

Thanks Johannes! I was hoping for that answer.
Asked by Tee from ZIM | Sep. 29, 2020 20:30Reply
Hello what if my visa expires during the holidays (mid autumn festival)
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Answered by Brian | Sep. 30, 2020 00:23

You had better extend it before the festival so as not to overstay your visa.
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