CHINA | Visa Applicants Required to Provide Old Passports

Chinese Embassies and Consulates overseas now have a new policy in effect regarding the passports of foreign nationals applying for visas to China. Foreign nationals whose current passport was issued on or after January 1, 2014 are required to additionally provide their previous passport as part of the application process for all visa categories. In the event that such applicants no longer have their previous passports, they must provide documentation from their home country’s passport issuing authority or Embassy stating that the old passport is not available or the current passport was the first issued to them.

As this new requirement has not yet been officially published, some details of its implementation are still unclear. Pro-Link GLOBAL continues to reach out to the Chinese Embassies and consulates around the world for clarification of the policy and whether it is being implemented in all countries. Initial word from the Embassies and Consulates with whom we have been in contact indicate that the policy will apply to nationals of all nations regardless of where the visa application is submitted. We are advising all visa applicants going forward be prepared to provide their previous passport if their current passport was issued after January 1, 2014.