Passport is super important for you when you travel abroad. Sometimes mishaps can occur and your passport may be lost or stolen. What if your passport lost in China? Relax, let’s see what are the following steps for you.
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Losing passport is a nightmare for all expats and travelers in a foreign city. You may be shocked, confused and blaming yourself for this happening to you.
Don’t worry, we provide the most useful step-by-step guidelines for such a case.
Report the incident at the police station
Try your best to find it, and report the case to the police station where the case happened.
You’ll obtain a receipt of reporting the case issued by the police station with your name involved.
Go to the local authority and apply for the certificate of reporting the loss
In case of the loss of the passport in China, you need to go to the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of the local PSB. You’ll receive a Lost Passport Certificate.
In our previous article, we’ve listed documents required to obtain the certificate:
But we found that the required materials may vary from different cities. You may also need to provide your recent bareheaded photos and your driving license, for example. So check the local rules before your application.
Receipt of reporting the case issued by the police station (step 1)
Registration form of temporary residence
Photocopy of your passport
Photocopy of your Residence Permit/Chinese visa (if you have)
Go to the embassy or consulate of your country to apply for a new passport
You should apply for a new passport at your own embassy or consulate in the city with the certificate of reporting the loss of a foreigner’s passport.
The validity of a Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport (step 2) 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.
Anyone who fails to apply for a new passport and visa within 30 days shall be punished by the public security authorities for illegally staying in China.
Go to the local authority to apply for the visa or residence permit
After obtaining the new passport, you need to go to the exit and entry administration department to apply for the corresponding Chinese visa or Residence Permit.
The following materials are required:
To make sure you can continue your stay in China or exit China, you must apply for a new Chinese visa or Residence Permit immediately after you get a new passport or replacing certificates.
Visa application form for foreigners with an attached bareheaded bust photo
Receipt of digital visa photo collection and examination for foreigners with the signature of the applicant
Original copy of the new passport or other international travel certificates
Overseas personnel temporary residence registration
Photocopy of the certificate of reporting the loss of a foreigner’s passport
If the applicant is applying to have the original visa reissued, he/she shall, in addition to the above-mentioned materials, submit the materials for reissuing the original visa in accordance with the handling guide corresponding to the type of visa
Other certificates as required by the public security authorities
To avoid the loss, please take good care of your passport when you still have them:
- Check the receipt and you can get detailed info about the taxi you’ve taken.
- Call the probable taxi company if you forget to get the receipt but remember the taxi’s body color or other features.
- Using WeChat to report your loss.
Scan your passport, keep one in your computer and bring one with you.
Fill in the emergency contact on the last page of your passport, in case someone who picks it know who to contact with.
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SOURCE | China Gov