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What To Do When You Lose Your Foreign Passport

What To Do When You Lose Your Foreign Passport

What To Do When You Lose Your Foreign Passport

Losing passport brings great trouble to anyone in a foreign country. If your passport is lost or stolen in China, don’t panic, follow the procedures below and you can get a new one reissued.
Step 1 Obtain a “Receipt of Report” from Local Police Station

The loss or theft of a foreign passport must first be reported to the Police Station closest to where the case of passport loss / theft occurred. A receipt will be issued by the Police Station.

Step 2 Obtain a “Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport” from the local Exit and Entry Administration Department

To obtain a “Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport”, you must provide the following:

  1. Original and photocopy of “Receipt of Report” from the Police Station where the passport was lost / stolen (see Step 1);
  2. Two recent photographs for foreigners in the city where you live and a receipt of such photograph;
  3. Report form with completed statement regarding the lost or stolen of passport. Leave the name and telephone number of your contact person in the city.
  4. Photocopy of evidence for your nationality or citizenship in a foreign country (passport, ID card etc.);
  5. Registration Form of Temporary Residence;
  6. Photocopy of your Foreigner’s Residence Permit, if you are a Foreigner’s Residence Permit holder;
  7. Other documents considered as necessary by the public security authority.

Fees: not required

Time processing: normally two working days for processing upon receipt of all the required documents

Expedited service can be provided only when there is an emergency.

Step 3 Apply for a new passport or replacing certificates from your embassy or consulate in China

Important notice! The validity of a “Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport” is 30 days. Within 30 days, you must apply for a new passport or replacing certificate at your embassy or consulate in China and apply for a visa or residence permit to the Exit and Entry Administration Division of the Public Security Bureau with this “Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport”.

Those who failed to finish such proceedings within 30 days will constitute illegal stay in China and will be punished according to the law.

Step 4 Apply for a Chinese visa or Residence Permit from the Exit and Entry Administration Division of the Public Security Bureau

To make sure you can continue your stay in China or exit china, you must apply for a new Chinese visa or Residence Permit to the Exit and Entry Administration Division of the Public Security Bureau immediately after you get a new passport or replacing certifications.

Time Processing: it will normally take five working days for processing upon receipt of all the required documents.

 

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