Latest China Visa News Updated on March 15, 2021:
1. New visa policy to mainland China for foreigners in Macau
According to official notice on March 15, foreigners reside in Macau, permanent and non-permanent both included, can apply for all types of Chinese Visa to visit China. All applicants must provide a proof of at least 28 days’ continuous stay in Macau before submitting the application. Besides, foreigners who have been vaccinated the Chinese-made COVID-19 Vaccines, finished 2 doses or over 14 days after the first dose, and take a valid certificate of vaccination issued by Macau Health Bureau can also apply for all categories of visas to visit China.
Please note that, all qualified applicants are required to fill out an application and make reservation for specific submission date online. For more helpful details, please refer to the official website (http://www.fmcoprc.gov.mo/eng/lsfw/zytz/t1860982.htm) for further guidance and check.
2. Transit and transfer flights from Hong Kong International Airport to other Chinese cities remains unavailable at present.
3. Since November 2020, Chinese Embassy in UK, France, Russia, Belgium, Philippines, India, Ukraine and Bangladesh have announced that, non-Chinese nationals’ entry into China will be suspended if he/she comes from above countries though holding a valid Chinese Visa or Residence Permit. Visitors from other countries can refer to entry news updated on September 23, 2020.
4. From 00:00 September 28, 2020, foreign visitors holding valid Chinese residence permits in three categories (work, personal matters and family reunion) can enter China without reapplying for a China Visa. For those whose residence permit already expired after 00:00 March 28, 2020, and purpose of visiting remains the same can submit the overdue permit and related materials to apply for a new China Visa.
5. China’s temporary suspension of entry policy issued on March 26 continues to take effect. That is, Tourist Visa, the On-arrival Visa, 24/72/144-hour Transit Visa Free... 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.
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Which countries can travel to China without visa?
Like other countries in the world, China offers different visa free policies for international visitors in different situations. Currently, there are more than 10 Chinese Visa Exemption cases, which have specific requirements of nationality, port of entry, place and duration of stay, etc. So, read the following China Visa free countries to see if you are the lucky person who don’t need a visa to visit China.
Except visa free entry to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau also give visiting convenience to lots of citizens (holders of ordinary passports). Certainly, all the no-visa stay in China needs necessary qualification and have strict regulations.
Various type of visa-free rules are implemented in China for international visitors, who visit China through specific ways of transportation, ports of entry and holding different nationality of passport.
According to unilateral agreement signed between China and the 3 countries, citizens from Singapore, Brunei and Japan are allowed to enter via all open ports, stay in mainland China for up to 15 days.
Two requirements: 1.) visitor must hold ordinary passport; 2.) the purpose of visiting China is for tourism, business, family visit or transit.
Now, China carried out 3 major transit visa exemption policies, including 24-Hour, 72-Hour and 144-Hour visa-free transit.
*24-Hour Direct Visa-free Transit: it is valid for foreigners from any country with connecting (flight, cruise, train) tickets to a third country/region within 24 hours, and applies to any ports opened for foreigners. (Notes: Visitors can only stay inside the airport, for no more than 24 hours. Individual airport in China has own restrictions of nationality and stay period.)
*72-Hour & 144-Hour Visa-free Transit: it is valid for citizens of appointed 53 countries to visa-free transit in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, etc. Applicants must hold connecting transportation tickets to onward destinations within 72/144 hours. (Notes: Visitors can only enter from certain ports, and stay in specific administrative area as stated.) Know more about China 144-Hour Visa-free Transit / China 72-Hour Visa-free Transit.
Country List of the 53 Countries:
European Countries (39)
a. European Countries under Schengen Visa Agreement (25): Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Monaco.
b. Other European Countries (14): Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, and Belarus.
American Countries (6): United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and the Republic of Chile.
Oceania Countries (2): Australia and New Zealand.
Asia Countries (6): South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
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Except the 72-Hour Visa-free Transit for transit passengers from 53 countries, Guilin also offers 144-Hour Visa-free Entry to group tourists from ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations). All group tour members have to enter and exit from Guilin Liangjian Airport, and stay in administrative area of Guilin for not exceeding 6 days. If you want to use this visa-free convenience, you should contact an authorized travel agency in China to arrange such a group tour.
10 ASEAN Member States: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam.
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A. If you hold ordinary passport from any country that established diplomatic relationship with China, you can travel to the Pearl River Delta (including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, Huizhou) without a Chinese Visa, for no more than 6 days. Other requirements are : 1.) you already in Hong Kong or Macau; 2.) your trip is organized by a travel agency legally registered in Hong Kong or Macau.
B. The 6-Day visa-free rule still applies to above mentioned tour group, who enter and exit from Shantou, and only stay in administrative in Shantou.
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Since May 1, 2018, citizens from 59 countries are visa exempted to travel to Hainan Island (Haikou, Sanya...) from any open ports in Hainan, for no more than 30 days. Meanwhile, they must report current travel information (including passport, round-trip tickets, hotel reservation and itinerary in Hainan) to a local travel agency 48 hours before arrival.
59 Hainan Visa-free Countries:
Europe (40 Countries): Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom;
America (6 countries): United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile;
Asia (11 countries): South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar;
Oceania (2 countries): Australia, New Zealand.
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The requirements includes:
1.) travel tour group with at least 2 members;
2.) enter from cruise terminals in Shanghai;
3.) organized and received by travel agency legally organized in China;
4.) the movement area is limited in specific regions, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Guangdong, Fujian, Guangxi, Hainan, Hebei, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Liaoning, Shangdong.
China has executed two-way visa free agreement with 14 foreign countries, which permits qualified visitors to visit China without a visa for a certain period. Please read permitted duration of stay and more useful tips on Mutual Visa Exemption. Get more information of China Mutual Visa Exemption: Countries List & Duration of Stay >>
14 China Mutual Visa-free Countries: San Marino, Mauritius, Seychelles, Bahamas, Fiji, Grenada, Ecuador, Tango, Serbia, Barbados, United Arab Emirates, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus and Qatar.
*APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Holders: the holders can enjoy multiple-entry business visit to (mainland) China for up to 60 days each entry during 5 years.
21 APEC Economies: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, plus China, Hong Kong, Taiwan.
*Holders of People’s Republic of China Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card & Residence Permit: the holders can enjoy multiple-entry business visit to (mainland) China for up to 60 days each entry.
With the two valid certificates, foreigners can stay in China, and enter & exit multiple times without applying a Chinese Visa. The Permanent ID Card means you are a permanent resident in China. If you’ve obtained China D/Z/J1/J2/S1/X1 Visa, you should apply for a Residence Permit from the local Public Security Bureau within 30 days upon arrival.
*Residents of Amur Oblast, Russia can enjoy one day visa-free visit to Heihe in Heilongjiang Province, Northeastern China.
*Russians (with at least 2 members totally) can have 15-day visa-free visit to Suifenhe, Heilongjiang Province.
*Kazakhstan citizens can visit Tacheng of Xinjiang visa free for 3 days.
Hong Kong provide visa waiver program for tourists and transit visitors from 170 foreign countries/regions , for a stay not exceeding permitted duration, from 7 days, 14 days, 30 days, 90 days and 180 days at most. That means, once your nationality is on the Visa-free list of Hong Kong, you can simply bring your passport, enter and stay in Hong Kong visa free within certain days.
Please note that, Indians need to make a pre-arrival registration to enjoy 14-days visa-free visiting in Hong Kong. Besides, if you visit Hong Kong for other purposes (like for business, work, study...), or want to stay longer than allowed time when travelling, a visa/entry permit is required before arrival. Does UK citizen need visa for Hong Kong? Find answers in the following list.
Hong Kong Visa-free Period:
|Nationality||Visa-free Duration||Nationality||Visa-free Duration||Nationality||Visa-free Duration|
|Britain||180 days||U.S.A.||90 days||Australia||90 days|
|Canada||90 days||New Zealand||90 days||France||90 days|
|Germany||90 days||Malaysia||90 days||Philippines||14 days|
Tips: We only list part of the Hong Kong visa free countries. You can check more details and guide information in Hong Kong SAR Visa.
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Nationals from 79 countries (including U.S.A, UK, Australia, etc) are allowed to enter Macau SAR without applying a visa, if the visiting purpose is for travel or business. Under the visa exemption policy, foreigners may stay in Macau for 14 days, 90 days, 3 months, 6 months, and up to 1 year according to different identity.
Macau Visa-free Period:
|Nationality||Visa-free Duration||Nationality||Visa-free Duration||Nationality||Visa-free Duration|
|Britain||6 months||U.S.A.||30 days||Australia||30 days|
|Canada||30 days||New Zealand||90 days||Singapore||30 days|
|India||30 days||Malaysia||30 days||Philippines||30 days|
Tips: Visit the Macau SAR Visa to get more useful visa (entry permit) guide and instruction for your trip to Macau.
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