Notice: Chinese F Visas Cannot Be Renewed Past Olympics

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 1:27
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I just received an email from a friend who said that they were being told they could not renew their F visa fro within China anymore.  A quick Skype to another confirmed that F visas cannot be extended past the Olympics.

I have a couple other calls/ emails out, but until then if anyone knows what this is about please post a comment.

Not sure if this is meant to increase Dragon Airlines revenue between HK and the mainland, but this is an issue that could impact a number of people in China.

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6 Responses to “Notice: Chinese F Visas Cannot Be Renewed Past Olympics”

  1. Matt Young says:

    February 3rd, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Richard, we at found your post interesting and looked into this. There is some merit to worry over new F (business) visa renewal restrictions, but not exactly as your friends suggested. For more info, see:

  2. Rich says:

    February 3rd, 2008 at 11:42 pm


    thanks for putting that together. I was thinking of calling Emoo to see, but I was hopeful some else would have known without a lot of work having to go into it.

    Both of my friends involved are Americans, and while one received a stamp until August, the other is still waiting in LA to see what the consulate says.

    I figured, worst comes to worst, HK is always an option.

    Thanks again.

  3. leeovisa says:

    February 29th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    As a visa agency, I have to say the policy is getting much tighter than that several years ago.

    Anyway, Beijing Olympics is the most important event after the foundation of P.R. China. From each aspect, Chinese government (both nation level and municipal level) hope it can be a great success.

    As a result, there will be many controls. Chinese visa policy is one of them, I am afraid.

    There will be some ways out. We are all waiting for new practical regulations to come out.

    In fact, recently we got some visas renewed for full 6 months, which would be valid until the mid of Olympics. Of course, they meet some special requirements (e.g. present visas were not issued in Beijing, and the passport holders did NOT enter into China mainland through Beijing customs…).

    There are rumors everywhere concerning the visa issue.
    I don’t think Chinese government will ask all the foreigners go back home countries at the same time.
    If you are from well-developed countries (EU, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore…), don’t worry too much for the visas.

    After all, after Olympics, China needs to pay more attention to the economic development again.

  4. Rich says:

    February 29th, 2008 at 2:04 am


    Thank you for that. Very interesting to hear that Beijing is the port of concern.

    Perhaps this is simply meant to bring in more revenue?


  5. jim says:

    December 4th, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Is anyone familiar with the process of converting an L visa to an F visa for an American? Have the rules changed now that the olympics are over?

  6. anna says:

    February 17th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I’m interested in knowing weather it’s possible for a swedish national to convert their L visa to an F visa in beijing?
    Please advice