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1. Posted by liekesys (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

I got my Chinese visa today at the embassy.
They arranged it for 30 days in China. But i'm going to stay longer (he did it wrong).
The man at the embassy told me that you can extend it easy in China.
You have the right to extend it to 90 days totally he said.
You don;t have to pay extra money he said.
Can somebody give me more information about it?
I want to know it for sure before i leave my country, so i don;t have to worry about it.
Where can I go in China to extend my visa for 90 days in stead of 30 days?
Thanks for the help,

2. Posted by liekesys (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Does nobody know it?

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

Just be patient, it will sometimes take several days.
But otherwise, check the LP or any other (good) guidebook. There is detailed information on visa in it as well.

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Ring the embassy again and clarify the position, l cant answer your question - l only needed my chinese visa for 7 out of the 10 days which was well within the 30 day limits. I would have thought the embassy should have the right answers and should be able to advise you where to go to extend your visa in China once you arrive. Have you thought of asking the Travel Helpers for China their advise?


5. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 10y

If your original visa is for 30 days then you would need to extend it TWICE in mainland China if you want to stay for 90 days. Plus you have to pay each time, fee depends on your passport nationality, definitely not free. Go back to the embassy and ask them to change it to the 90-day visa if that was what you specified on your visa application, and especially if that was what you paid for!

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Yes, you can extended it easily at most PSBs. However, you'll probably need to extend it 3times, simply because the extensions are for 28days and start when you get it, not when your existing visa expires.

I also mentioned a bit about extending Chinese visa's here, and some of the same info will be relevant to you:

If you still have questions, let me know

7. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 10y

I think you can only extend visas for a maximum of 2 times, not 3.

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

I think you can only extend visas for a maximum of 2 times, not 3.

I don't know what the officially situation is, but in the hostel i stayed in in Shanghai (The Hikers), there were a number of people who had been there a few months and were extending their visas at the PSB each month. One girl who is now a good friend, had arrived in September on a one month tourist visa and had been continually extending it until we left in Feb, which is probably 5extensions, and had no problems. However, from memory, in Shanghai they actually also did new Chinese visa's (not just extensions) for the same price, so it may well be that after 2 extesnions, she got a new visa there, and extended that a couple of times as well. Which of course means you can get a new visa without leaving the country, which is very unusual.

That was 12mths ago, so it may have changed, and it may only be certain PSBs that offer it, and as i said, i've no idea what the legal/official stance actually is.

9. Posted by renbinyan (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Visas are available from Chinese embassies and consulates in most countries. Visas are required by all foreigners entering mainland China, although visas are not required by Western nationals visiting Hong Kong and Macau.

For more details, you can check this out:

10. Posted by A-T-PRC (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

I think 30 days might be the standard time frame for all types of visas to China, because that was the initial time frame for my student visa, though my application materials stated I'd be in China for a year.

It's actually very simple to extend your visa while you're in China, but unfortunately I do think you'd have to pay a fee. I definitely had to pay a fee for the extension of my visa, but who knows, perhaps the rules are different between visa types.