Procedures involved in obtaining a replacement for a passport that has been lost or stolen in China [CHN32229.E]

Information concerning the procedures involved in obtaining a replacement for a passport that has been lost or stolen in China is found in the "Regulations Concerning the Implementation of the Law on the Entry and Exit of Citizens" (1994). Article 21 of the Regulations states that:

In case of loss of passport, Exit and Entry document, the holder should report to the Chinese authorities concerned and apply for a replacement after making a declaration in the newspaper or making a loss declaration. ... Within the Country, it will be processed by the public security bureau and the exit and entry management departments of the authorized public security organizations.

This information was corroborated in a telephone interview with an official in the Consular Section at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ottawa (19 July 1999). The representative added the following details:

replacement passports are stamped with the word "REPLACEMENT";
the reasons for the replacement (i.e. whether the original was lost or stolen) are not indicated on the passport;
when applying for the replacement passport it is necessary to furnish proof of having advertised the loss or theft of the original.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

References


China. Regulations Concerning the Implementation of the Law on the Entry and Exit of Citizens. 1994. Translated by TIS, Canberra.

Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Ottawa. 19 July 1999. Telephone interview with official in Consular Section.