I have a valid multi-entry visa for mainland China in my passport. I have currently used it on 3 occasions to enter and leave China (6 stamps in total). The last time I was in the immigration queue I noticed a small sign saying something to the effect of "Maximum eight stamps per page in passport".

Does anyone know what happens when I reach this limit? Will I need to apply for a new visa, use the next available page, is there some supplemental sheet that gets attached to the passport etc.?

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    Considering the fact that there are 10-year Chinese visas, I presume they simply stamp the next available page. – JonathanReez Jan 7 '17 at 17:52

The maximum number of Chinese stamps that I have next to any of their visa stickers is 7, so I can't tell from experience, but I strongly presume they will just stamp on the next (available) page. Otherwise your multiple-entry visa would effectively be limited to four entries, which is something we would be aware of were it the case.

One possible pitfall is if you have no more (empty) visa pages available in your passport. You might well be told to get new pages / a new passport for your next entry. A friend of mine had to get new pages attached to their passport in a slightly different case (needed a whole page for a new visa sticker, but same logic applies).

Immigration officials in China have always taken great care to keep their visa stickers and stamps concentrated neatly in a set of pages for me, so I have no doubt that they have already worked out some system for what happens when you hit the 8th stamp. Actually I would even bet that your visa sticker might be attached next to a double page, that is still empty?

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