F visa: 3, 6 and sometimes 12-month single, double and multiple entry F visas are available when extending your F visa or changing over from an L visa. Z visa: With the right documents, extensions and first time applications are all possible in Beijing. However, Yuri does point out that some nationalities, including north African nationalities, Kazakhs and Pakistanis will find it difficult to get anything other than an L visa. He also mentions that although L visa, 30-day extensions can be arranged just 1-2 days before your visa expires, you should be sure to leave at least two weeks for an application for any other type of visa. People often ask what happens if you overstay your visa and there are many tales to be told, with varying outcomes, but the best advice is: just don't do it. An overstayed visa results in a fine of RMB 500 per day (to a maximum of RMB 5000) and an overstay record with the government which could affect any future applications. For those who do manage to get themselves either multi-entry F or L visas with stay restrictions, here's a handy China Travel tip--check out the tiny Taiwanese island of Xiamen as a south China alternative to Hong Kong to get your China exit/re-entry stamp... flights to Xiamen tend to be a heck of a lot cheaper! As with all information pertaining to visas in China, everything here is a guideline only and can change at short notice and according to your individual situation. If you're not sure which visa you need to apply for, you can check out the FAQs section at Visa in China for a thorough breakdown of the Shanghai situation, and if you still have questions then give Magic a call to see what tricks he's got up his sleeve. Alternatively, for Beijing-based info, contact Get in2 China for more info. Magic Cheng Meshing Consultancy Service No. 485 HeNan bei Rd. YingLi building 4th floor 3B Shanghai,200071,China Tel: +86 (021) 3301 1478 / 6307 5776 Mp: 1350 182 8752 Website: www.visainchina.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Get in2 China (Beijing) Tel. +86 (010) 6403 4923 Mob. +86 1501 053 2542 Website: www.getin2china.com Email: info@Getin2China.com Skype: Getin2China MSN: Getin2China Past posts about Chinese visas on ChinaTravel.net: China Visa Update: latest Shanghai Expo 2010 visa rules New China Visa Rules Update: 24 Changes You Need to Know About China Visa Update: 12 month multiple-entry F visa available again Year-End China Visa Update
- Leave China and reapply
- Switch to an F, X or Z visa. If you have the right paperwork for this, you can make the jump in Beijing and there's no need to leave the country.
- A third L visa extension is possible, giving you a 6-month, single entry L visa.