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Updated Chinese Visa Policy for Foreigners

Updated Chinese Visa Policy for Foreigners

Under the worldwide COVID-19 epidemic, China began to adjust its visa policies this week to allow more foreigners to visit the country.

Several Chinese diplomatic missions throughout the world have announced the expansion of their visa services to foreign nationals.

Foreign people who are family members of Chinese citizens or who have permanent residency permits in China can now apply for a Chinese visa for a family reunion or to visit relatives, according to the new regulation.

Spouses, parents, spouse’s parents, children, children’s spouses, siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren are all considered family members.

Foreign nationals and their families who are visiting China for the purpose of reopening a business in any field are also eligible to apply.

Visa applications for tourism, medical treatment, and other personal reasons, on the other hand, are still being processed.

Travelers to China should be vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved for emergency use or licensed by China or the World Health Organization before entering the country (WHO).

For foreign nationals going to China for work, an official invitation letter is no longer required, but a foreigner work permit in China or a notification letter of the permit is required.

Last month, China loosened the COVID-19 health regulations for visitors from other countries. Instead of providing seven-day health monitoring records and immunoglobulin M (IgM) test results before the trip, foreigners need to take two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at different laboratories within 48 hours before the trip, and one test must be done within the last 24 hours.

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