Chinese Passport

Written by Sally Guo Updated Apr. 30, 2023

Passports are essential documents for international travel. A passport is a kind of legal documentation that a country issues to its citizens to certify their nationality and identify when they go out and come to their country's border.


Besides the diplomatic passport, service passport, and ordinary passport, the Chinese Passport also includes the Special administrative region passport, which includes the Hong Kong SAR passport and Macau SAR passport.

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The citizens of China with Hong Kong and Macao permanent resident status should apply for the Hong Kong SAR passport or MSAR passport. The Hong Kong Immigration Department is responsible for the signing and issuing of Hong Kong SAR passports while The Macao special administrative region government bureau of Proof of Identity is responsible for the signing and issuing of MSAR passports.

Period of validity

At present, the period of validity of China's ordinary passport is 10 years, and citizens can apply for a 5-year delay two times before expiry within 6 months.

How to Apply for a Passport

The process for obtaining a passport can vary depending on the country. Here, we will outline the general procedure for passport application.

Step 1: Gather Required Documents

This typically includes proof of citizenship or nationality, such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate. You will also need a government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or state ID. Additionally, you will need two passport photos that meet the requirements set by your country's passport agency.

Step 2: Complete Application Forms

The next step is to complete the passport application forms. These forms can usually be found online on the passport agency's website or obtained in person at a passport agency office. It is important to fill out all the required information accurately and completely.

Step 3: Pay the Application Fee

There is usually a fee associated with applying for a passport, and this fee can vary depending on the type of passport and how quickly you need it. The fee must be paid at the time of application, and many passport agencies only accept payment in the form of a check or money order.

Step 4: Submit the Application and Documents

Once you have gathered all the necessary documents, completed the application forms, and paid the application fee, you will need to submit everything to the passport agency. Depending on the agency, you may be able to submit your application in person or by mail.

Step 5: Wait for Processing

After submitting your application, you will need to wait for it to be processed. The processing time can vary depending on the agency and the time of year, so it is important to plan ahead and apply for your passport well in advance of your travel date.

Step 6: Receive Your Passport

Once your application has been processed, you will receive your passport in the mail or be notified that it is ready for pickup. It is important to carefully review your passport to ensure that all the information is accurate before using it for travel.

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