Residence registration

How to register with the Public Security Bureau

Within 10 days of your arrival to China, you will need to register with your local Public Security Bureau (PSB).

For your residence registration, you will need your passport and all documents proving your residency status. Note that your registration is tied to a physical address, so you will have to change it should you move. In that case, you will need to register your move with the local PSB before the relocation date, and then register again at the PSB of the location you are moving to. Failure to register with the PSB can result in deportation.

It is also advisable to register with your consulate or embassy. In case of emergency situations (i.e. natural disasters or political problems), they will have you in their database and will be best equipped to help you.

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  • Uttiya Basu, 14 April 2009 Reply

    Incorrect information

    It is no longer 10 days for registration. The requirement is 24 hours in cities and towns and 72 hours in smaller locations which do not have a local PSB which can register foreigners.

    -- Source: http://travel.state...pa_tw/cis/cis_1089.html 

    • 1 01 Jul 2009, 09:56

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      The requirement is 24 hours in cities and towns and 72 hours in smaller locations which do not have a local PSB which can register foreigners

    • Lorin 08 Feb 2011, 04:47

      Incorrect again

      In all areas the police do not register you on weekends or holidays if you are staying with a friend.