New Online Platform for Chinese Entry and Exit Document Applications
April 3, 2019 | China
Chinese authorities have announced that starting April 1st, application for entry and exit documents can be submitted at any Public Security Bureau in China. Additionally, the online immigration application platform will launch providing 24-hour online immigration application services.
Entry and exit document applicants, including those seeking ordinary passports for China, as well as permits to travel from China to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, will be able to apply at any Public Security Bureau within China. The application procedures of their place of household registration will still apply. This is a stark change to what is currently the law in China, which stipulates applicants must visit the Public Security Bureau associated with their household registration to apply for exit and entry documents.
Due to these changes, employees will no longer need to return to the Public Security Bureau associated with their household registration to obtain travel document applications when they leave China for business travel. When the new policy takes effect on April 1st, it will save employees and employers time and cost that they previously had to endure when obtaining this entry and exit documents. This move by Chinese authorities enhances the competitiveness of employers and creating a better business environment in China.
The China National Immigration Administration Government Services Platform will launch on April 1st and will provide 24-hour online services for:
- appointment reservations
- endorsements and travel permits of applications to and from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan
- travel permits, from Mainland China to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
- inquiries on application status
- application information
- exit and entry records
- service guidance through service websites
- National Immigration Administration mobile application
- other third party platforms.
Currently, applicants can only call the government hotline or check the government website for the listed services. With an online platform, we should expect to see a more streamlined system for questions and applications.