Visa extensions while epidemic continues

Chen Huizhi
Foreigners are told that extensions to their visa, stay or residence permits will continue to be offered while coronavirus epidemic prevention measures remain in force.
Chen Huizhi

Shanghai police said on Tuesday that they will continue to offer visa, stay or residence permits extension for foreigners in Shanghai while measures against the coronavirus epidemic are in force.

Those with urgent needs can apply for fast-track services, while those who are not able to extend their visa or stay or residence permits on time due to the measures could be exempted from punishment for overstaying or receive lighter punishments, but the decisions are to be made at exit-entry offices, police said.

Shanghai traffic police said motorists who have valid temporary plates can use them beyond the expiry date until February 29.

Also, people needing services related to driving licenses during this period will be exempt from punishment if they miss the deadline. This means that, for example, people who have an expired driving license can still drive on the streets.

Police remind people who come to their offices for services to wear a mask and allow volunteer to have their temperature taken.

Foreigners who have any questions related to life in Shanghai during this period can call 12345, the government’s service hotline for all residents, which offers consultations in English, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Spanish and Russian.

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