|Exit Entry Permit|
Our baby boy Wouter was born in China, but we got him a Dutch passport. According to the Chinese government, he is still a Chinese citizen. We want to visit the Netherlands with Wouter. In order to cross the Chinese border, he needs a special Exit&Entry permit. The reasoning of the Chinese government is that since he is Chinese, he needs some Chinese document to show at the border. They will not recognize his Dutch passport. The Entry&Exit permit is a small passport-like permit that will allow him to pass the border out of China. When we arrive at the Dutch border, we can just use his Dutch passport.
Exit and Entry Permit of the People's Republic of China
We're just went to the main PSB station in Shenzhen (in Luohu district) to the Exit&Entry department to apply for his Exit and Entry permit. My wife also called beforehand to confirm which papers we need. The lady on the phone said we need to bring:
As usual also make photocopies of all your documents. Make sure you have a copy of the whole MBC (including the piece that can be used to get a Hukou). It takes 5 working days to get this permit. According to the Chinese text on the form, this is originally intended for HK residents who lost their passport in China, but nowadays it seems mostly used by mixed babies who have a foreign passport. Before us was another mixed baby, so in Shenzhen they are very used to this procedure. In other (smaller) cities it's likely more difficult, but in Shenzhen it's absolutely no problem. We went there together, but it's enough if one parent goes.
Applying for this permit is done on the 2nd floor (same place where you would extend visa etc). After you hand in all the documents (and copies), the lady will check it and give you a note that you have to pay 20RMB. Then you walk to the 3rd floor and pay at one of two small windows. With this receipt you then go back to the same lady and she will print a pick-up notice for you. You need to bring this with you when you want to collect the permit.
If you forgot some of the photocopies, you can also make a copy inside the police station (also on the 3rd floor, in a small room), but it's just more convenient to have everything ready. We also asked about the validity of this Exit&Entry permit. The lady said that this permit is valid for 3 months. She explained that means we have to exit China and enter China within 3 months. If we intend to stay outside China longer, we would need to apply for a visa in the home country, or for a special travel permit. I'm not sure how to get that travel permit, but for us it's no problem: we will return within 3 months of today. So it means we do not need to apply for a Chinese visa in the Netherlands in order to return to China. The permit is valid for only one time, so if you for example want to travel to Hong Kong with your baby, you would need to apply for this permit again. Another option would be to come back on the Dutch passport and then he can just go to Hong Kong easily (assuming he has a multi-entry Chinese visa).
If you re-enter China on this permit, he is still considered Chinese. I think that if we would apply for a Chinese visa in the Netherlands for his Dutch passport and then enter on his Dutch passport, he would be considered a Dutch person. When we go to the Netherlands, we will also bring his MBC. It might help if we need to apply for a visa after all, or at the border to explain why he has an empty Dutch passport.
update 1 week later:
we got our Exit&Entry permit and I made some scans of the document:
front of the small Exit and Entry Permit book (looks a bit like a passport)
First page this statement requesting the bearer of this permit to pass freely.
Last page with personal details. I've removed some details. For name they printed his Dutch name and also the Chinese name
Location PSB Luohu (Shenzhen):
next to the subway station DaJuYuan
take exit D and cross the road on the left
morning + midday
We prefer to go around 13:50 (it opens at 14:00 in the midday) and then the queues are very short
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 July 2011 )|