October 2, 2020

China: Entry Visa Update

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The People's Republic of China has announced that entry into the country is now permitted by those holding valid, current residence permits without the need for a new visa.

What has changed?

On March 26, 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an announcement temporarily suspending entry into China by foreign nationals holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits. Recent progress in the combat of Covid-19 and the need for epidemic prevention and control have led to the lifting of the early 2020 suspensions. As of September 28, 2020, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunions are permitted to enter China with no need to apply for a new visa.

However, if the residence permit expired after March 28, 2020, the foreign national will need to apply for the relevant visas by presenting the expired document and any relevant additional materials to the Chinese embassies or consulates for renewal, on the condition that the purpose of the holders' visit to China remains unchanged.

All other measures included in the original March announcement related to entry into China and epidemic prevention and control continue to remain in place.

Who is affected?

Foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits and those whose residence permits may have expired since March 28 who intend to enter the country for work, personal matters or reunion purposes.

What you need to do

For further information on those permitted to enter China and the associated visa requirements, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at immigration@sterlinglexicon.com.

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