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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 Sep. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Renewal and Extension
Asked by marla from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 20, 2019 22:05Reply
i have business visa 1 yr. multiple, is it possible to extend it even though it is still valid?
Asked by Jeannie from USA | Sep. 19, 2019 18:27Reply
Expiration date of humanitarian visa?
Hello dears, my humanitarian visa says 'permitted to stay until October 7'. Does this mean I can leave on a plane on October 7th before midnight (which would be October 8 at 12AM), or does this mean I need to leave on a plane on October 6th? Thank you so much!
Answers (2)
Answered by Anita from USA | Sep. 19, 2019 19:51

It means you can leave on October 7th before midnight.
Answered by Jeannie from USA | Sep. 19, 2019 22:24

You are the most beautiful! Thank you!!
Asked by Sumit from INDIA | Sep. 18, 2019 23:06Reply
Registration form of temporary residence
I am from India. Do I require a registration form of temporary residence for visa extension? Or is it only required for overseas visitors?
And If I do, it has to be done within 24 hours of arrival, but it has been 2 weeks now that I haven't registered and am living in a hotel. What to do now?
Answers (2)
Answered by Sabrina from USA | Sep. 19, 2019 01:06

You need it for visa extension. As you live in a hotel, the hotel should have already register for you. You can go to the nearby police station to get this form.
Answered by Hanz from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 19, 2019 01:57

That's wrong. If you stay in a hotel, the police can't give u the temporary registration form. I had to find a friend and use his apartment address until I got that form.
Asked by Sumit from INDIA | Sep. 18, 2019 22:55Reply
Fee for visa extension
What is the fee for a week long visa extension for Indian Nationals?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sally | Sep. 18, 2019 23:01

The cost in CNY 160.
Asked by Luke from CHINA | Sep. 18, 2019 03:50Reply
PSB Location in Hefei City
Hello everyone,

I cannot seem to locate my nearest PSB or contact details for a location in Hefei?

Thank you in advance!
Answers (1)
Answered by Amanda from CHINA | Sep. 18, 2019 18:55

Luke, you need to go to the municipal exit and entry administration of PSB in Hefei if wishing to do visa affairs. The address is No. 2588, Nanjing Rd., Binhu New District, in Chinese 滨湖新区南京路2588号.
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