Embassy and Consulates of The United Sates Of America in China
Note: This information was last updated on November 6, 2011. See the official sites to confirm details:
USA Embassy and Consulate Addresses and Contact Information
The US Embassy in Beijing
- Website: http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/
- Address: 55 Anjialou Road, Beijing, China（北京安家楼路55号）
- Working hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday), but American Citizen Services window hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. The American Citizen Services window is open only in the morning on Wednesday and Thursday and is closed Thursday afternoons except for passport pick and emergency situations.
The embassy is closed on the following American and Chinese holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday, Chinese New Year, President’s Day, Tomb Sweeping Day, International Labor Day, Memorial Day, Dragon Boat Day, Labor Day, Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese National Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
American Citizen Services Information
- Telephone: (86-10) 8531-4000/3000
- Fax: (86-10) 8531-3300
The US Consulate in Chengdu
- Website: http://chengdu.usembassy-china.org.cn/
- Address: 4 Lingshiguan Road, Chengdu, Sichuan, China (四川省成都市领事馆路4号)
- Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Switchboard: (86-28) 8558 3992
The consulate is closed on the American and Chinese holidays shown above for the embassy, and there will be further notices if any adjustment is made.
American Citizen Services Information
- Opening hours: Wednesday 9:00–11:00 a.m., Friday 1:30–3:45 p.m. (closed on American and Chinese holidays)
- Telephone: (28) 8558-3992
- Emergency: 1370-800-1422
- Email: AmCitChengdu@State.gov
The US Consulate in Shanghai
- Website: http://shanghai.usembassy-china.org.cn/
- Address: The Eighth Floor of Westgate Mall, 1038 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, China (南京西路1038号梅龙镇广场8楼)
- Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (The embassy is closed in following American and Chinese holidays, and there will be further notices if any adjustment is made.)
- Essentials for American Citizen Services
- Tel: (86-21) 3217-4650 (no visa inquiries will be answered on these lines)
- Fax: (86-21) 6217-2071
- Emergencies: (86-21) 6433-3936
- Email: ShanghaiACS@state.gov
- Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 8:15-11:30am, 1:30-3:30pm (Closed Wednesday afternoons, weekends)
US Consulate in Guangzhou
- Website: http://guangzhou.usembassy-china.org.cn/
- Address: 5th Floor, Tian Yu Garden (phase II), 136-142 Linhe Middle Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (广州市天河林和中路136-142号天誉花园二期五楼)
- Opening hours: 8:30 am–11:30 am, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm, Monday–Friday (Except American and Chinese holidays)
Essentials for American Citizen Services
- Opening hours: 8:00a.m.–5:00p.m. Monday–Friday (Except American and Chinese holidays)
- Tel: (020) 8518-7605 from within China or (011-8620) 8518-7605 from the U.S (no inquiries for visa)
- Emergencies after hours: 011-86-10-8531 4000 (Call from the U.S.) 010-8531 4000 (Call from China)
- Fax: 011-86-20-3884-4410
- Email: GuangzhouACS@state.gov
US Consulate in Shenyang
- Website: http://shenyang.usembassy-china.org.cn/
- Address: 52 ShisiWei Road, Heping District, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China (和平区十四纬路52号)
- Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (The embassy is closed in following American and Chinese holidays, and there will be further notices if any adjustment is made.)
- Telephone numbers: (86-24) 2322-1198
- Fax: (86-24) 2322-2374
- Email: email@example.com
Essentials for American Citizen Services
- Tel: (86-24) 2322-1198 (no inquiries for visa)
- Emergencies: 137-0988-9307
- Fax: (86-24) 2323-1465
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
US Consulate in Wuhan
Consulate General Wuhan is not equipped/staffed to handle consular affairs at this time. If you are in the region, you should contact the American Citizens Service section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing when needing assistance.
- Website: http://wuhan.usembassy-china.org.cn/
- Address: 47th Floor, New World International Trade Tower I, 568, Jianshe Avenue, Hankou, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China (武汉汉口建设大道568号新世界国贸大厦I 座47层)
- Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (The embassy is closed in following American and Chinese holidays, and there will be further notices if any adjustment is made.)
- Telephone: 027-8555-7791
- Email: chenZ@state.gov
1. Renewing/Replacing A Passport
Where to apply: the American Citizen Services Office of the Embassy
What’s needed: printed appointment confirmation, current passport (or other photo ID), complete application form, one recent 2x2 inch (5 x 5 cm) photo; for child: previous passport/birth certificate/Consular report of birth, complete application form and parents' or legal guardians' passports
How to apply: You should make an appointment first and make the renewal or replacment in person (for passport of a child under the age of 16: Both parents and the child must appear in person at the U.S. Embassy).
- Fee: USD 110 or USD 135 (USD 105 for a child’s application)
- Payment method: U.S. cash, equivalent RMB cash, traveler’s checks or credit cards (Visa, American Express, Diners Club, or Discover; charging U.S. dollars only) are acceptable payment, personal checks are not taken.
- Processing time: You can get your new passport by mail, or have someone (who is with a signed letter authorizing him/her to perform the service) pick it up for you.
- What to do if you don’t have a passport (temporary passport/visa): If your passport has been lost or stolen when you are in China, report it immediately to the local police. Chinese authorities will require you to obtain a police report before they issue you a new Chinese visa, which is required when you leave China. Contact the Embassy and apply for a new passport as above.
- See the official site to confirm details: http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/passports.html
2. Adding visa pages to a U.S. Passport
If visa pages in your passport are to be full, but your passport is still valid and in good condition, you can apply to add additional visa pages to your passport. A passport should not have additional pages added more than twice.
- Where to apply: the American Citizen Services Office of the Embassy
- What's needed: current passport, finished application form, fees and for adding visa pages to a child’s passport: child's birth certificate /Consular Report of Birth Abroad/adoption decree which should be an original or certified copy
- How to apply: an appointment should be made first of all. For an adult, if you cannot appear in person, you need to authorize someone else to apply for you, and you must provide the person you designate a signed letter authorizing them to add pages to your passport on your behalf. If adding visa pages for a child’s passport, the child is not required to appear in person, but one parent needs to appear in person.
- Fee: USD 82 or RMB equivalent
- Processing time: about one hour after submitting the application
- See the official site to confirm details: http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/acs_extra.html
3. Applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
You should make an appointment first of all before arriving at the Embassy. The application for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad includes an application for a U.S passport and an application for a social security number (which will be mailed to you approximately four months after registration). Original documents must be taken with the applications, such as the original child's Chinese birth certificate, proof of applicant's identity, applicant's parents' passports, or other proof of their citizenship and identity, original marriage certificate or certified copy of marriage certificate of child's parents, etc. See the official site to confirm details: http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/crba.html
4. Applying for a first U.S. passport for children born outside the United States
All passport applicants, including children under age 16, must apply in person. Both parents need to provide unequivocal consent to passport issuance by signing the application form in front of the Consular Officer. If one parent is unable to attend the interview, he/ she must submit a notarized letter of consent, in English, that authorizes the other parent to apply for a passport for the child. If neither parent is able to attend the interview, each parent must submit a notarized letter of consent, in English, that authorizes the child’s legal guardian to apply for a passport for the child. A copy of the parents’ identification must accompany the notarized consent letter.
5. Notary Service
All routine services in American Citizen Services are by appointment only. Consular officers perform services customarily provided by Notaries Public in the United States. Persons requiring such services should visit the consular section in person during regular office hours. Notarial services may be provided for non-U.S. citizens only if the document to be notarized will use in the United States. See the official site to confirm details: http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/acs_notary.html
6. Getting Married in China
Appointment should be made before your application. American citizens who intend to marry a Chinese citizen in China should review the following procedures of the Chinese Government. People getting married in China need to register in a Marriage Registration Office (民政局婚姻登记处) according to relative Chinese laws. Six things are needed if American citizens want to marry a Chinese citizen: a valid passport with a valid Chinese visa, at least one party’s Chinese residence permit (if both parties are foreigners), an "affidavit of marriageability" with Chinese translation, three photos of the couple taken together with a red background, (if either party was previously married) a clear photocopy of either the divorce or annulment decree or the death certificate which shows how the marriage ended, and registration fee. See the official site to confirm details: http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/acs_married.html