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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 Jan. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Renewal and Extension
Asked by Baba from GAMBIA | Jan. 23, 2019 10:11Reply
Hello, I was issued x visa for studies and eventually I had family issues and I defer my semester.
But my visa got expired and I already applied again for the upcoming semester should apply again as freshman
Answers (1)
Answered by Hale from GERMANY | Jan. 23, 2019 18:29

You can try to apply again after you prepare all the requirements.
Asked by John from KENTA | Jan. 23, 2019 08:45Reply
Can i return to check when i cancelled to my x1 and go back to my country
Answers (1)
Answered by William | Jan. 23, 2019 18:25

If you have valid visa, you can return to China.
Asked by George from CHINA | Jan. 23, 2019 03:53Reply
s visa to x2 visa
I'm in china on a s with my wife holding the z, I"m looking to do an internship and wondering if more then applying at the PSB is necessary to get it switched or if its one of the situations that leaving mainland china to visit a Chinese consulate is needed?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ashley from EGYPT | Jan. 23, 2019 18:24

You can try to apply for the change at the exit and entry administration of the local PSB within China. If it can succeed, you don’t need to leave China for that.
Asked by Scarlet from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 22, 2019 17:04Reply
How long the visa for kids
Hi can ask my kids they will be going to visit in ningbo china is it possible they can get the long entry permit to stay because some say only one month they will to them because they are over age.22 and 23 even my husband his working z😔 thank u for answering my question
Answers (2)
Answered by Alexander | Jan. 22, 2019 18:45

Your kids can try to apply for S1 type or long term S2 type from the visa office.
Answered by Scarlet from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 23, 2019 17:50

I will get them first a S2 from our country (philippines).then i can apply the extension visa here in ningbo i hope they can stay even around 3 months or more
Asked by Jucy from CHINA | Jan. 22, 2019 09:14Reply
I'm a X1 visa holder and i have temporary residence permit
valid this coming last month of January 2019. My question is can i extend a 30 days visa then go back to my country after the validity? Because i quit my studies here in china and want to go back to my country this march. But i need 30 days to stay in china. Can i extend a 30 days entry permit? and what are the requirements? And where can i apply? Thanks.
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Answered by Gardner from THAILAND | Jan. 22, 2019 18:43

You can try to apply for the extension. Or you can change the X into L type at the exit and entry administration of the local PSB within China. Just give it a try.
Answered by Jucy from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 22, 2019 22:12

Thanks. But what are the requirements?
Answered by Carpenter | Jan. 23, 2019 01:55

If you apply L type, you may need to provide your passport, the completed application form, a recently-taken bareheaded color photo, registration form of temporary residence, accommodation arrangement and the return ticket.
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