First visa extension in Ya'an/Sichuan
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Oct 19, 2013 8:55 PM Last Post By: johnney
Oct 19, 2013 8:32 AM
First visa extension in Ya'an/SichuanIn october 2013 we got easy our first visa extension in Ya'an/Sichuan Province.
We got the extension in 4 days (thu-fry). an other couple got it even in 2 day. there is a very nice police-woman working at the office and she helps a lot!
For the extension you just have to bring a declaration form from your hotel. the problem in ya'an is, that most official hotels are very expensive, around 300Y. around the bus station there are a lot of cheep hotels, but they have no authorization for foreigners or they don't know what kind of paper you need. but there is a solution that the police station in this quarter prints and signs a paper for you, that you stay in one of these hotels. with this paper we got the extension. and the other couple too, even they did not know our story.
unfortunately they gave us just 27 days instead of the 30 days we asked. The new visa starts the day after the old one runes out so we "lost" one day of the new visa because we got it just the second day after.
Oct 19, 2013 1:16 PM
1Thanks for the report about Ya'an, very encouraging. You should actually consider yourself fairly fortunate even if you only got 27 days. Typically in most cities when you get a visa extension, they cut off all remaining days on the original visa and start the clock ticking on the new extension immediately. The trick is to time your extension application and choose a traveler-friendly PSB, in order to obtain the maximum out of the theoretical 60 days (30 original + 30 extension) possible. Your 57 out of 60 isn't a bad score.
Oct 19, 2013 8:55 PM
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