All foreigners are required to register within 24 hours upon arriving at a new residence in China. If you are staying in a hotel, they will take care of it for you, but if you are moving into your own apartment or staying with a friend or family member, it is important to follow the right procedure. In the past this procedure required you to walk to the nearest (or rather the right) police station, bring your passport incl a photocopy of its personal information page, as well as your visa or residence permit, your rental contract (original and photocopy), your landlord’s ownership certificate, and a photocopy of your landlord’s id. If you are on a visa, you would also need to go to the police station everytime after leaving from and subsequently returning to China, or if your visa/residence permit changed.
From now on, all police stations in Shanghai support self-declaration. Following flyer is handed out at some of them:
Link to the self-declaration website: https://crjzndg.gaj.sh.gov.cn/24hr
To complete the process, you’ll need to sign up with your e-mail address, upload a picture of your passport ID pages and give your address in Shanghai, along with your entry and exit dates. An SMS message will confirm receipt of the digital registration form.
For those staying hotels in Shanghai, the hotel will carry out the process of registering you when you check-in by making a copy of your passport and then filing your registration online with the PSB within 24 hours.
Those failing to register will be at risk for penalty under Exit-Entry Administration Law, Article 76, which may include a warning or a fine of not more than RMB 2,000 yuan.
To date, Shanghai is the first city in China to introduce online residence registration using Chinese and English language forms. It is reported that the system stands to benefit some 500,000 people a year, according to official estimates.