Online housing registration for foreign citizens

Online housing registration for foreign citizens

According to the provisions of Articles 39 and 76 of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Administration of Entry and Exit, foreigners staying in China must register with the local public security organ or the local police station within 24 hours of their stay.


Foreigners who fail to register in accordance with the regulations will be warned and may be fined up to 2000 yuan.


Foreigners staying in accommodations that require registration, such as hotels or schools


Register at the reception desk of the hotel or at the relevant registration office of the apartment.


When checking in, complete the formalities for temporary lodging registration at the hotel reception desk or at the relevant lodging registration office, and get the lodging registration certificate at the reception desk to use later.


Foreigners living in apartments or shared apartments without being able to register.


Contact the local police station to register yourself.
Go to the local police station within 24 hours of checking in.
It is recommended that you bring the following documents:


(1) Original passport;
(2) Rental contract;
(3) Copy of the landlord’s card ID;
(4) Copy of property information;
(5) Other documents required by the jurisdiction.

Note: Due to the different administrative policies of local police stations in different regions, the required documents are subject to the requirements of local police stations.


Foreigners living in Shanghai can apply for registration via online self-service


Online self-service declaration and registration


Log into the self-service system for accommodation registration for foreign personnel within 24 hours after check-in. 1. Registration Procedure:

(1) Log on to the website PC:
https://gaj.sh.gov.cn/crj/24hr/web/zcbd/login
(2) Scan the QR code to log in:

  1. Materials to be Prepared:
    (1) The photo on the front of the passport (see below for a sample);
    (2) The photo of the person holding the front of the passport (sample below).
  2. Waiting time for approval result: approximately 10 minutes.
    01/Apply 02/Select the certificate type after application 03/Click to upload the passport photo 1 Verify and complete the personal information
  3. Click to upload the front photo
  4. Click to complete and submit the residency information correctly.W
  5. Wait for the exam result (about 10 minutes).
  6. View the examination result 1If the examination is positive, download and save the report form. 2If the examination is not positive or the report cannot be made through the self-service system, you must go to the police station of your residence to make the report.