China 15 Days Visa-free Entry Policy for France, Germany, Italy, Spain...

Notice on Latest Visa and Entry Policies for Foreigners Entering China - Updated on May 8, 2024:

1. Breaking News! 15 days visa free for citizens of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Malaysia, Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg has been extended until December 31, 2025.

2. Hong Kong High-speed Rail West Kowloon Station has been added to Guangdong Province 144-hour transit visa-free.

3. China - Georgia Mutual Exemption of Visa, starting from May 28, 2024.

4. 15 Days Visa Exemption Policy is newly available for Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Read more »

5. Booking of flights and hotels, China itineraries and invitation letters are not required for application of Chinese Tourist Visa for U.S.nationals.

6. 15 Days Visa Exemption Policy is now available for other 6 countries including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Malaysia. Read more »

7. Appointment is not required for visa application in many embassies and consulates.

8. Starting from 00:00 on November 1, 2023, individuals entering or exiting the country are exempt from filling out the "People's Republic of China Health Declaration Card for Entry/Exit."

9. Norway has become the 54th country whose passport holders can transit without visa up to 72/144 hours in China.

10. Starting from August 30, 2023, individuals traveling to China will no longer be required to undergo pre-entry COVID-19 nucleic acid or antigen testing.

11. U.S. citizens holding multi-year multiple-entry visas issued before March 28, 2020, whose visas temporarily lost entry functionality between March 28, 2020, and March 14, 2023, due to the pandemic, are eligible to apply for compensation. Those who choose to apply for compensation will receive a free 3-year multiple-entry visa. Those who choose to waive the compensation can apply for a new 10-year multiple-entry visa at the regular fee.

China Discovery will keep focusing on the updates of the latest Chinese visa and entry policy! You can also call +86 010 12367 (Official telephone number of China National Immigration Administration) to check further information. Welcome to join in our Facebook Groups to catch up with the latest news!

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In order to further promote the exchange of personnel between China and foreign countries, serve high-quality development and high-level opening up, the Chinese government has decided to pilot the expansion of the scope of unilateral visa-free countries and implement a unilateral visa-free policy for ordinary passport holders of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Malaysia, Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Ordinary passport holders of the above-mentioned countries can enter China visa-free for business, tourism, visiting relatives and friends, and transit for no more than 15 days until December 31, 2025. Personnel of the above-mentioned countries who do not meet the visa-free conditions still need to apply for a visa to China before entering the country.

1. How will Chinese border inspection authorities verify the purpose of entry? Do I need to bring other materials besides my passport when entering the country?

Foreigners whose purpose of entry complies with the visa-free policy regulations, such as business, tourism, visiting relatives and friends, or transit, will be allowed to enter the country after being checked and approved by the Chinese border inspection authorities in accordance with the law; for foreigners whose purpose of entry does not comply with the visa-free policy regulations or who have other legal reasons for not being allowed to enter the country, the border inspection authorities will make a decision not to allow entry in accordance with the law. It is recommended to bring supporting materials that are consistent with the purpose of entry, such as invitation letters, air tickets and hotel orders. Personnel who come to China for work, study, and interviews are not within the scope of visa-free entry.

2. How is the 15-day stay period calculated?

Foreigners who meet the visa-free entry requirements to China can stay continuously from the day of entry to 24:00 on the 15th natural day.

3. Can I depart from a non-nationality country?

Foreigners who meet the visa-free entry requirements to China can depart from any country (region) outside China.

4. Does it apply to other modes of entry other than air?

The unilateral visa-free entry is applicable to all sea, land and air ports open to foreigners (except as otherwise provided by laws and regulations or bilateral arrangements). If you come to China by your own means of transport, you should also follow the relevant Chinese laws and regulations to handle the procedures for entry and exit of your own means of transport.

5. If my stay in China exceeds 15 days, can I apply for an extension?

If a foreigner intends to stay in China for more than 15 days, he/she should apply for a visa in accordance with the purpose of entry at the Chinese embassy or consulate abroad in advance. If a foreigner enters China under the visa-free policy and needs to continue to stay in China for legitimate reasons after entry, he/she should apply to the exit-entry administration agency of the public security organ for a stay permit.

6. Can I enter multiple times? Are there any requirements for the interval between entries? Are there any restrictions on the number of visa-free entries and the total number of days of stay?

If a foreigner meets the visa-free entry requirements to China, he/she can apply for the visa-free policy multiple times to enter China. At present, there is no restriction on the number of visa-free entries and the total number of days of stay, but it should be noted that activities that are not consistent with the purpose of entry are not allowed.

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