Before foreigners had to go re-register at your local police station (派出所) within 24 hours after returning to Chengdu from abroad, now this is possible online as well!
As of June 1st 2020, the Exit-Entry Administration of the Sichuan Public Security Bureau launches a WeChat App where instead of foreign nationals having to register your details with the authorities in person, you can finally, register your accommodation online. Great news for all you wanderlust and business-minded folk that will travel in and out of the PRC.
Wait What Has Actually Changed?
According to the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China, Article 39, paragraph 2, foreigners staying anywhere other than a hotel must, within 24 hours of settling therein, go through residence registration formalities: otherwise, they will be issued a warning and may incur a fine of up to 2,000 yuan.
So, what this did mean was prior to June 1st, 2020, foreigners entering the PRC from abroad were require to visit local police stations in person to report their accommodation arrangements.
Now, the Exit-Entry Administration of the Sichuan Public Security Bureau has launched a self-service system. Foreigners entering PRC from abroad are able to use an easy and convenient WeChat app to register, cutting out queues, physical documents and contact altogether. Amazing.
How do I Register Online?
First, you have to scan the QR code below or search the official account ‘四川公安出入境’ as shown below and click ‘Foreign Citizen’ to register.
Alternatively, you can search the official account ‘ 四川公安出入境’ below and click ‘Foreign Citizen’ to register.
Then click “Foreign Citizen”, follow the instructions via the app and voila! After submitting the information, you can view the audit status in the registration list. At present, the audit results would be returned within 24 hours. If approved, you can download the receipt and print by yourself.
You can also reach the registration service by following WeChat Official account of Chengdu Exit & Entry Administration. You can follow the instructions below.
More registration information can be found here.
Sources: HomeinChengdu, 四川公安出入，http://crjnew.cdbhbc.com:8082/wxcrjwap//wap/foreignerMain/static/page