How to Extend a Chinese Visa

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How to Extend a Chinese Visa. If you're traveling to China, you'll need a visa to enter the country. The visa itself is issued by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate. Most visas are issued for 90 to 120 days. However, there are instances when visitors to China need to stay beyond this period. If you need to extend your Chinese visa, follow these steps.

Prepare a letter detailing the reason for your request. Ask a Chinese friend to translate if possible.

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Collect evidence supporting your need to extend your Chinese visa, such as a changed plane ticket or a letter from your employer detailing the nature of your activities.

Bring your letter and supporting documents to the visa office of the local Public Security Bureau. Complete the visa-extension form.

Remain calm and polite when requesting an extension. Local visa officials are not obligated to grant you an extension, so it's best to be respectful.

Bring money, as you may be required to pay a fine if your Chinese visa is expired. Fines can run up to 5,000 RMB. Some officials are more lenient with fines than others.


  • Don't wait to extend your visa, as this may result in costly penalties. Avoid conflict with visa officials.


  • You may not need your letter or supporting evidence. However, it's better to be prepared as Chinese visa officers differ from one location to the next. Ask a Chinese-speaking friend to accompany you to the Public Security Bureau. Contact the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the U.S. at (202) 328-2500 for more information.