I have a business trip to China that is urgent, and my old passport expired. I sent it in to be renewed but it had my old Chinese Visa in it. I was able to get an appointment to go physically to the office to get a new passport tomorrow, but I still haven't received my old, expired passport with the unexpired visa in it to go to China. Is it possible to quickly get a new visa for the new passport that I will receive tomorrow, since I do not know when or if I could receive the old one back? Thanks, I could not really find clear information on having a concurrent visa for China, and I would appreciate if you could provide a source on anything.

  • IIRC, you are required to submit a scan of all Chinese visas you've ever held Jun 21, 2023 at 19:46
  • You will probably need to contact your local Chinese representation to get a really solid answer.
    – Ozzy
    Jun 22, 2023 at 7:02

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In order to apply for a new visa, you need to provide records for 5 years of travel, and the last Chinese visa you've held: with a new passport it means supplying copies of the previous passport: ID page, and last visa.

So without your old passport – and that's assuming they would allow you to apply for a visa while you have a valid one – you won't be able to pass the first screening, where they check that you have all the docs required.

You'll have to wait for your old passport.

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