China further relaxes entry requirements, resumes visa issuance for foreign visitors starting Mar 15
Published: Mar 14, 2023 10:35 AM Updated: Mar 14, 2023 10:33 AM
Chinese visa Concept photo: VCG

Chinese visa Concept photo: VCG

China will further adjust the issuance of visas and measures targeting foreign visitors entering the country starting from 12 am on March 15 following a nearly three-year suspension.

China’s Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that foreign visitors holding valid visas issued before March 28, 2020 can now enter China. 

Meanwhile, responsible authorities abroad will resume the issuance of visas for foreigners travelling to China, while port authorities will resume the issuance for qualified ports visas. 

In addition, the use of multiple visa-free access will resume for foreign holders entering South China’s Hainan Province and travelling on cruise trips arriving in Shanghai. Foreigners entering Guangdong Province from Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions via group tours and group tours from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to Guilin in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region will also enjoy the visa-free access. 

Chinese embassies in the US, Canada, France, United Arab Emirates, and South Korea all issued relevant notices on Tuesday as of press time. 

China’s Foreign Ministry announced on March 26, 2020 the temporary suspension for the entry of foreign visitors holding valid visas and residence permits to China which came into effect on March 28, 2020, along with the use of aforementioned visa-free access, aiming to contain the spread of COVID-19 epidemic. 

Global Times