If you are already in China and you want to stay longer than your current visa allows, you may be wondering how to extend your Chinese visa validity. Extending a Chinese visa is not very difficult, but it requires some preparation and planning. In this article, we will explain the requirements, procedures, fees and tips for extending your Chinese visa validity.
When to Apply for a China Visa Extension?
The visa extension application should be submitted at least 7 days before the expiration date of your current visa. If you apply too late, you may overstay and be subject to a fine and possible deportation.
Once your visa is extended, the new dates start from the day you receive your new visa – NOT from the day your old visa was going to end. For example, if your original visa expires on July 31 and you get a 30-day extension on July 25, your new visa will be valid until August 24.
Where to Extend Your China Visa?
You must go to the Exit and Entry Administration Office of the Public Security Bureau (PSB) in the city or county where you are staying. You can find the nearest office by searching online or asking your hotel or host. In normal cases, you should submit the application in person. In case the staff cannot speak English, you are recommended to take a Chinese friend with you if you can.
What Documents Do You Need for China Visa Extension?
Visitors who want their visa to be extended should provide the following evidential materials:
- Valid passport and your current visa
- A passport sized photo
- A completed application form for visa extension (you can get it at the PSB office)
- Reason for the extension along with relevant supporting documents, such as:
- For Tourist (L) Visa, individuals should submit travel plan and itinerary, group tourists need extra certificate and proof of the travel agency;
- For Business (M) Visa, certification letter provided by the local host organization/individual is necessary;
- For Family (Q2) Visa, the invitation letter, ID certification and proof of family membership is needed;
- For Short-term Student (X2) Visa, you need to submit studying certificate provided by Chinese educational or training institutions.
The documents required may vary depending on the type of visa and the local PSB office. You are advised to check with the PSB office beforehand to confirm what documents you need to prepare.
How Long Can You Extend Your China Visa?
The length of the extension depends on the type of visa and multiple entry visas cannot be extended. Normally the extension of your stay cannot exceed your current visa stay period. You can extend your visa once or twice. This depends on the duration of your original visa. Your total extensions on any one entry to China cannot exceed the length of your original permitted stay.
For example, if you have a 30-day single-entry visa, you can extend it for another 30 days at most. If you have a 60-day multiple-entry visa, you can extend it twice for 30 days each time at most.
However, the actual length of the extension is subject to the discretion of the PSB officer. You may not get the full extension that you request. Therefore, it is advisable to apply for a longer extension than you actually need.
How Much Does It Cost to Extend Your China Visa?
The price for extending your China visa is 160 yuan for nationals of most countries. However, some countries may have different fees based on reciprocity. You can check the exact fee with the PSB office when you apply. You will need to pay the fee when you collect your new visa.
How Long Does It Take to Extend Your China Visa?
The processing time for extending your China visa is usually 5 to 7 working days. However, it may vary depending on the local PSB office and the type of visa. You will be given a receipt with the date of collection when you submit your application. You should keep the receipt and bring it with you when you collect your new visa.
Tips for Extending Your China Visa
Here are some tips to help you extend your China visa smoothly:
- Plan ahead and apply early. Do not wait until the last minute to extend your visa as you may encounter delays or complications.
- Check the validity and type of your current visa. Make sure you are eligible for an extension and know how long you can extend for.
- Prepare all the required documents and fill in the application form correctly. If you are not sure what documents you need, contact the PSB office in advance.
- Be flexible and reasonable with your extension request. Do not expect to get the maximum extension every time. Be prepared to accept a shorter extension or change your travel plans if necessary.
- Follow the rules and regulations of your visa. Do not overstay, work, study or engage in any activities that are not permitted by your visa.
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Frequently Asked Questions
No, you cannot extend your China visa online. You must go to the PSB Exit and Entry Administration office in person to submit your application and collect your new visa.
No, you cannot extend your China visa in Hong Kong or Macau. You must go to the PSB Exit and Entry Administration office in mainland China to extend your visa. If you leave mainland China for Hong Kong or Macau, your current visa will expire and you will need a new visa to re-enter mainland China.
Yes, you can travel within China while waiting for your visa extension as long as you do not leave the country. However, you should keep the receipt of your application with you at all times as proof of your legal status. You should also avoid traveling to sensitive areas such as Tibet or Xinjiang without proper permits.
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