China 60 day visa extension

Marcellus asked 4 years ago

Is the visa extension a full 60 days for everyone? Or is it 60 days from March 27th, so it will expire on May 27th for everyone?
There is almost no information provided regarding this. It’s so frustrating.

1 Answers
smooth-administrator Staff answered 4 years ago

Think of it as a 60-day overstay period starting on the last possible day you were allowed to stay in China on your latest visa.


  • Let’s say you entered China on March 15th, 2020. [on a 30-day visa(business / tourist / q2 / whatever visa]
  • Last day according to your visa: April 14th, 2020.

But, with the “automatic extension” (or overstay grace period), you get to overstay your visa by 60 days. You don’t need to do anything – such as apply / visit / register somewhere –  to enjoy this grace period. Therefore:

  • Your new last day in China: June 13th, 2020 ( = April 14 + 60 days)

You can leave China as late as June 13th, 2020 and airport immigration officers won’t give you any trouble.

If you want to continue staying in China past the last day of the 60-day overstay grace period, then you must apply for a stay permit – which I already explained to you in an earlier post

If you are still confused, running out of time, or want any latest and most accurate information, you can minimize your time feeling frustrated by visiting an Exit-Entry Bureau or calling their hotline: 28951900. If you cannot find their English service then ask a Chinese speaking person to help you out.

Good luck, Marcellus.

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