China Visa Extension thread
Replies: 452 - Last Post: Jun 17, 2013 3:16 AM Last Post By: asaljoon
Jul 7, 2009 8:18 AM
45Where were you planning to be 5-7 days before your 30 days expire?
Larger cities such as Shanghai will ask for
1. a hotel registration form with hotel stamp. This can be a problem for some hostels to provide
2. a chinese bank account of 3000USD or 25000 yuan or proof of funds in the amount of 3000 USD.
3. photocopy of passport and Chinese visa plus the original
4. 1 passport photo
5. fee which is 160 yuan for all passports except US which is the equivalent in yuan to 131 USD
Jul 7, 2009 8:35 AM
Jul 7, 2009 2:23 PM
47The issue isn't simply whether you can manage the various requirements but do you understand that the pick up in Shanghai will be one week later?
This means you will have to remain in the Shanghai area for one week. Was that part of your plan? If not, you should consider someplace else as I don't think it is possible to shorten the processing time to less than one week.
Jul 7, 2009 8:45 PM
48Just like to inform readers i traveled to Leshan to extend my visa and was impressed with the service received there. I arrived at the visa office at 11am. The staff spoke English, were helpful and courteous. There is a man running a photocopier in the building for photocopying your passport details (1 yuan) and next door is a lady to take your passport photo for 20 yuan (5 photos). I went back about 3pm to see if they could process the visa that day as i was wanting to take a train that night and 5 minutes later i had my extension! The Visa Extension Office is not at the PSB but at its own location at #59 North Jiading Road with the official title of Exit-Entry Administration Division of Leshan Public Security Bureau.
Jul 8, 2009 4:08 AM
49Kiwicowman - thanks for the update on Leshan. One question, did you extension add 30 days to the end or to the date of application?
Jul 8, 2009 5:18 AM
50well, it doesn't appear i have much choice, however, if i went to extend my visa on day 1 in shanghai i could go to hangzhou on day 2 and for day 3, 4, 5 then return on day 6, collect on day 7 perhaps staying one more day in shanghai before moving on. Of course this is just an example
i'm sure i'll think of something and i'll let you know how it goes
Jul 8, 2009 7:55 AM
51The problem as I see it is that if you apply in Shanghai on day 15 of a 30 day visa you will only get an extra 15 days, making your total time in China 45 days. This is the case because you will likely only get 30 days from the date you apply for the extension and in fact, they may not even be willing to issue an extension that early.
Will that addtional 2 weeks be enough time to accomplish your itinerary? I can't say since you don't indicate a timetable.
Jul 12, 2009 10:48 AM
You are right in what you say, however, i wouldn't apply for a visa in Shanghai if i had 15 days left on my visa. I would most likely make it to Guilin in that time and apply for one there. I originally asked about shanghai because, time wise, i was concerned that this would be the last place possible to gain an extension before it was too late. Overall, i think i'll take your advice and try to avoid appying in Shanghai if possible and wait untill Guilin but its good to know Shanghai is a viable option
thanks again for your help
i hope you keep posting for sometime yet
Jul 16, 2009 10:45 PM
53I've just been to extend my visa in Dali;
It now takes 3 working days and cost me 160 RNB as a UK citizen. You need a slip from your hotel/hostel which is stamped by the local police near your hotel and a photo. They can also be done this via the hotel registering you on a Police Database they have, but be sure to ask your hotel/hostel that this has been done - it cost me a trip back to the PSB.
I used the number #8 bus from Old Dali which takes about 15 minutes to get to the PSB. The address in Mandarin is 大理州公安局出入境管理处 and it is next to the New Century Middle school (新世纪中学). Look out for the building with what looks like an Eiffel tower on top after you have passed though the toll gate, its the PSB.
Good luck all.
Jul 18, 2009 1:45 AM
54I just tried to get my second visa extension in XINING.
I was told that you are only allowed to have 1 extension and so could not get the 2nd! This has really messed up my plans to get to Tibet, but I'm going to try Lanzhou. Does anyone know anywhere where they definitely give the second extension? Preferably somewhere close to Xining / Lanzhou.
Jul 18, 2009 6:07 AM
Jul 21, 2009 12:48 AM
56KUNMING; easily obtained a visa extention from the office on Beijing Lu. It took seven days and paid 160RMB as an Australian. No need to hotel pink slips or bank account details. Just give them your hotel address or show your hotel key card with the address. I applied for the extention over 3 weeks before I was due to leave. They added the additional days on to the date of expiration not from the date I submitted the extention application. Female (late 20's) staff member very helpful in answering questions regarding visa extentions and filling in the application.
Jul 21, 2009 8:03 PM
57Can anyone tell me please how does this visa extension look like? Is it a document separate from the passport or does it involve stamping my passport or sticking inside of it some other paper that looks like a visa? The thing is that I almost don't have empty pages in my passport and spending on more of them for china can ruin my onward traveling plans.
Jul 21, 2009 10:29 PM
Jul 22, 2009 12:48 AM
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