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Latest China Visa News 2020/2021

Here we update the newest China visa information to keep you better know China visa policy and help you plan an excellent trip to China!

1. Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Residence Permits for Work, Personal Matters and Family Reunion can Enter China from September 28, 2020!

Update Date: September 23, 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration of China has announced an adjustment of the current entry policy. From 00:00 September 28, 2020, foreign visitors holding valid Chinese residence permits in three categories (work-Z Visa, personal matters - S Visa and family reunion - Q Visa) can enter China without reapplying for a China Visa. If your residence permit already expired after 00:00 March 28, 2020, and your purpose of visiting China remains the same, you can submit the overdue permit and related materials to apply for a new China Visa. Please note that all foreigner visitors must strictly comply with China’s regulations on epidemic prevention and control.

Meanwhile, China’s temporary suspension of entry policy issued on March 28 continues to be implemented. That is, the On-arrival Visa (Port Visa), 24/72/144-hour Transit Visa Free, Hainan 30-day Visa Free, Shanghai 15-day Visa Free for Cruise Group Tourists... will all be suspended during the coronavirus period. You can enter China if you belong to one the three situations: hold diplomatic, Service and Courtesy, C Visa; granted China Visa for scientific/technological matters, urgent humanitarian needs and new Chinese Visa issued after March 28, 2020.

China Discovery will still focus on and update the visa and entry policy of China for you!

2. Who can Apply for Chinese Visa in this COVID Period?

Update Date: September 2, 2020

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, over 100 nations worldwide has carried out entry restrictions on foreign visitors. In this difficult time, Chinese Embassies abroad only accept application for necessary economic, trade, scientific research and urgent humanitarian needs. We will pay close attention to the visa policy and keep updating. We want to back to normal life as much as you do. May you stay healthy. And, very appreciate your understanding and patience!

3. Temporary Entry Suspension to China from March 28, 2020

Update Date: March 27, 2020

According to the current situation of COVID-19 world wide, China has announced to temporarily suspend foreigner’s entry to China from 0:00am, on March 28, 2020, if the visitor hold a Chinese Visa issued before March 28, 2020 (though his/her Chinese Visa and Residence Permit is still valid).

Besides, many visa policies, including the On-arrival Visa (Port Visa), 24/72/144-hour Transit Visa Free, Hainan 30-day Visa Free, Shanghai 15-day Visa Free for Cruise Group Tourists... will also be suspended during the Coronavirus period.

Three exceptional cases can get normal entry: 1.) Diplomatic, Service and Courtesy passport holders; 2.) Visitors coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific/technological matters, urgent humanitarian needs with granted Chinese Visa by overseas Chinese Embassy and Consulate; 3.) Visitors who hold a valid Chinese Visa issued after the date of the announcement (March 29, 2020).

Please notice and adjust you travel plan to China. Take good care of yourself!

4. Free China Visa Extension for Soon-to-expire Cases during Coronavirus Period

Update Date: March 1, 2020

According to the press conference held in March 1, 2020, China National Immigration Bureau announced that, during the special Coronavirus period, for freigners already in China, their Chinese visa can be autumatically extended two months longer for free, if the China Visa will expire during the special days.

It's no need to go and apply for extension at the Public Security Bureau. Also, no fee will be charged. It's legal to stay in China or exit. Urgent services can be provided for medical invovled foreign visitors.

Warm Tips: During your stay in China, please protect yourself well, wear a mask when going out, and wash hands frequently and do essential protective measures. Seek help when feel uncomfortable. China Discovery is always here for help!

5. Three Important New Policies about China Visa Free Transit

Update Date: today.

According to official news, three big changes about China's 144 Hour Transit Visa Free Policy has come into effect to offer more convenience for foreign tourists from December 1, 2019.

Xian and Chongqing will extend the present 72 hours to 144-Hour Visa-free Transit.

② Using the 144-Hour Transit Visa Free Policy to transit in Chengdu, visitors can travel to more destinations in Sichuan Province besides Chengdu, including Leshan (Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei), Yibin (Shunan Bamboo Sea), Deyang, Suining, Meishan, Ya'an, Ziyang, Neijing, Zigong, Luzhou, total 11 cities within Sichuna.

Ningbo (Zhejiang Province) has begun the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit for air travelers, and allow regional tour in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing and all cities in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces, Yangtze River Delta.

Useful Links: Xian 144 Hour Transit Visa Free | Chengdu 144 Hour Transit Visa Free | China 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

6. Change of Version of China Visa

Update Date: June 1, 2019

National Immigration Administration of China announced that a new version of China Visa, China Group Visa and China Residence Permit will start to be used for promoting inspection efficiency and enhancing anti-counterfeiting performance, since June 1st, 2019. The biggest new change is that, a color photo of the applicant is added on the left side of visa page (except the Group Visa).

Meanwhile, immigration authorities will stop to issue the current version of China Visa, China Special Economic Zone Tourist Visa, China Group Visa and Foreigners’ Residence Permit of China.

Please notice that previous version of China Visa can be used as long as it has not expire, and the requirements, application procedures and visa fees remain the same as before.

Useful Links: China Visa Requirements | How to Apply for A China Visa | How Much is A China Visa | How to Understand China Visa

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[Important] Travel News for Expats: China travel is reopening now! Travel with China Discovery and learn about where to visit & requirements for each destination! Read Details >