I am a British citizen with a valid Chinese tourist visa is an expired passport, and I have a new passport. I've heard reports that it's fine to enter China like this, despite the fact that officially on the UK visa for China application website it says you can't (I once phoned and the woman said it was fine, despite what it says on the website). Can anyone comment? (British passport holders only!)

Secondly, my embarkation point is Tajikistan (Dushanbe airport) flying to Ürümqi in China, not from the UK. Will this be OK to fly according to Timatic? I will probably be flying with a Chinese airline.


You just need to bring your old Passport, new Passport, and China Visa.

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  • Welcome to the site Cherrycc. Can you please give a link to an official site or at least tell where you have found that information? It is the general rule but this is a special situation and the information so far does not agree. – Willeke Nov 3 '18 at 17:18
  • I am a TripAdvisor in China. I have helped some travelers with 10 years China Visa with an expired passport to go to China. You just need to take the old passport, new passport, and Chinese Visa. – Cherrycc Dec 6 '18 at 8:42
  • This is not true, it will heavily depend on the customs and the city where you are entering, according to China rules you must change your visa when you get a new passport, anything else is asking for trouble, they might be nice to you but don’t count on it, I travel a lot and I live in China and change my passports every 2 years or so and every time I do I have to change my visa to match my new passport as well that’s the rules. – Matt Douhan yesterday

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