I am a Japanese citizen in China. I want to renew my Japanese passport in China and still use the Chinese visa from my old passport.

Is this possible at the Japanese Embassy in China?

  • Do you actually have 2 questions? 1) Can I renew my Japanese passport in China and 2) If yes, will I still be able to use my Chinese visa that is in the old passport?
    – mkennedy
    Nov 24, 2016 at 0:41
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    Just advise the embassy that you have a visa in the old passport and need to have it returned to you. This is a very common occurrence. Nov 24, 2016 at 0:54
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    I believe this belongs on Expatriates.
    – o.m.
    Nov 24, 2016 at 6:22
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    @o.m. they could be a traveller as well, to be fair...
    – Mark Mayo
    Nov 24, 2016 at 8:08

2 Answers 2


If you renew your Japanese passport and are able to keep your old one, then yes, you can use your old and new passports together for travel to and from China.

This is stated in Timatic, a database used by airlines checking passengers.

Valid visas or resident permits in expired passports are accepted if holding a new valid passport of the same nationality. The personal information on both passports must be the same.


You have to renew your passport and keep the old one is a common procedure. Then you have to travel with your two passports, the old one with the valid visa and the new one.

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    Do you have a source for this? Any more info than two short sentences?
    – Mark Mayo
    Dec 13, 2016 at 3:29
  • I did it many times as a holder of a US visa i have to travel with my two passports.
    – molokoV
    Dec 14, 2016 at 15:19

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