China Visa Extension thread
Replies: 452 - Last Post: Jun 17, 2013 3:16 AM Last Post By: asaljoon
May 25, 2012 11:03 PM
345What direction are you planning on heading to from Wuhan? If you're heading north, then both Luoyang and Kaifeng (in Henan) are decent places to get visa extensions. I visited both places about 6 months ago (and extended in Luoyang); the money proof they wanted was simply a photocopy of your bank card (or travellers cheques; anything that has your name on it), and didn't ask for anything else complicated. Both places initially asked for 5 working days, but were prepared to make the extensions quicker if you asked politely.
If you're heading west, Leshan, close to Chengdu, consistantly is reviewed as an easy place to get visa extensions.
May 26, 2012 12:05 AM
May 29, 2012 12:44 AM
347Well i just talked with the officials at Wuhan and they asked for the same thing: Show us your bank account. they also wanted me to explain in great detail why am i in Wuhan, so i left.
I hope in Louyang they wont request for any invasive things and just let me get on with my trip. anybody has some recent info about any city close or in Henan?
May 29, 2012 1:02 AM
348I don't think it's odd to get more questions and stricter treatment on a second extension, so reports from folks getting first extensions in Luoyang and elsewhere may not be determinative.
May 29, 2012 10:06 PM
349My extension in Luoyang was a second extension. No hassle, no strict questions, no asking for details of my bank account. Six months is pretty recent: you'll be very lucky to get more recent information on here. And Kaifeng is a nearby alternative, with a friendly PSB, at least when I visited. If Wuhan's proving troublesome, go to Henan.
May 30, 2012 8:25 AM
350My next destination is Luoyang, after Zhengzhou proved the same as Wuhan. i truly hope it will go smooth without strange demands. I thank you for the information you gave me!
im seeking even more recent information because in last month in Guilin they said it was "new regulations". since six month ago there were a lot of incidents with the Chinese government regarding foreigners: Riots in Tibet, The Congquing incident with the british businessman and the US consulate, the Blind lawyer incident and the US-China trade talk and most importantly: The "British tourist that raped a Chinese girl" (according to Chinese news) that got the recent "foreigner clean ups" in Biejing.
Jun 4, 2012 10:27 PM
Jun 5, 2012 1:45 AM
352Can anybody let me know the liklihood of getting an L visa extension in Shanghai? Have already fallen victim to these new visa regulations when applying for the initial visa with increased demands, would like to know if its ok to extend in shanghai as has been previously posted, cheers
Jun 5, 2012 3:13 AM
353If you search through the TT and this thread, you will see that it is certainly possible in Shanghai but there are multiple requirements including that you show that you have sufficient funds and the process takes a week. It is possible but generally not recommended unless you were planning to spend a week in Shanghai and vicinity.
Jun 19, 2012 8:52 PM
354I just received a 16 day L-category visa from the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok (NZ passport). I was hoping for 30 days.
1. Is it possible to extend this in China, and how many days can i expect?
2. When extending the visa, must you remain only in the same city?
Jun 20, 2012 3:58 AM
3551. it is possible to extend in many Chinese cities but not all. You should extend about day 10 assuming it's not a holiday or weekend. Usually you get 30 days from the day you apply for the extension. Where will you be at that time?
2. When extending, you can't travel too far because you won't have your passport and you would need it to register in a hostel or hotel. Some places offer extensions within a day or two which is why this thread was started - to assist travelers so that they didn't need to spend a week someplace waiting for their passport and extension.
Jun 21, 2012 3:40 AM
356Be careful, because although you can extend in many cities, there are many that you can't.
From memory it is only prefecture towns (? can someone confirm), so it is one per district. This may not always be the largest town in the area. Be careful and check before just heading for a large town. (I had this problem as I was cycling and finding a suitable town at the right time was a bit of a problem.)
bkkiwi - do you know why you only got 15 days. Twice, I have had 30 days in Bangkok no problem. Bit of a worry if this has changed. Is it a Kiwi thing?
Jun 21, 2012 3:51 AM
357As noted here many times, you can't extend your visa at just any PSB office; you must go to a special bureau of the PSB that handles immigration matters, the Exit-Entry Administration, which should have an office in each prefecture-level division in China. Wikipedia has a list of prefecture-level divisions:
But any PSB office should be able to tell you how to find the nearest office of the Exit-Entry Administration.
Jun 22, 2012 5:59 AM
Jun 22, 2012 6:31 AM
359Taiyuan's the provincial capital, and as such, is probably by-the-book and bureaucratic. Datong's not a great place to spend any more time than you have to. It wouldn't surprise me if Chengde goes out of its way to discourage people from popping up from Beijing to extend their visas.
As for Pingyao, you can't extend a visa there; you must go to the prefecture capital, Jinzhong (Yuci).
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