You’ve been careful with your documents, keeping your passport always at hand or close to you…. Until one day it’s not there anymore. You’ve lost your passport. Accidents and unfortunate events can happen, no matter how attentive you’ve been with your belongings.
The following post is here to help you out of a real pickle – worry no more and keep reading!
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Once all attempts at finding your passport have failed, you should file a report about your loss to the police or at the Public Security Bureau. There, relevant documents will be issued, such as Proof of Record and Proof of Loss.
There, a report number will be issued to you, along with a record of your personal info and details about your loss will be kept on file. Don’t forget to ask for a report receipt!
Once you’ve reported your loss, head over tot the Visa Reception Hall of the Exit and Entry Administration Bureau of the Municipal Public Security Bureau for the “Certificate of Passport Loss”. Prepare the following documents:
The “Certificate of Passport Loss” will be issued within 2 weeks and is valid for 30 days.
Once you’ve obtained the certificate of loss, you will have to go to the embassy of your country to request for a substitute document or a new passport. Remember, the document must be issued within the 30 days of when the Certificate of Passport Loss is valid.
Once you have a relevant document, it should take about 7 working days for a visa to be reissued.
Foreigners, who entered China based on a Visa Waiver Program are also required to apply for a visa in case of loss of documents. This is due to no entry record existing on the newly issued passport. Foreigners, who have not applied for a visa, will have troubles upon exiting the country.
Similarly, below documents will need to be prepared:
Once the complete set of materials has been submitted, a visa can be reissued in accordance with the original visa type, entry expiration date, stay period and the number of valid entries of the original visa.
In cases, where the country of the foreigner has not established a diplomatic relationship with China, there are three options to deal with the matter. These can be:
Note, that a hotel will refuse to accept guests if they do not present a passport due to reasons stipulated by the law. However, a valid Proof of Passport Loss and Foreign Visa certificate processing receipt can still be handled for checking in guests. Once checked in, make sure the hotel has uploaded your information to the Public Security system for managing the hotel and ask the hotel to issue a receipt that proves your stay there.
If your visa expires or the visa is exempted for more than 15 days during the issuance of the certificate, you will need to exit the country immediately upon obtaining the valid certificate and visa.
Before heading to China (or in fact, any other foreign country), make sure you have a full overview of your documents.
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