The Newest Announcement on Sep.23, 2020
According to the recent announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China on this Wednesday, September 23, 2020, China is planning to gradually ease the restrictions to foreigners’ entry. After a nearly 6-month suspension of foreign nationals’ entrance due to coronavirus, the foreigners of three categories can finally enter China since September 28.
When can enter?
The new announcement will go into effect since 0 am., 28 September, 2020.
Who can enter?
Foreigner nationals who can enter China are required to holding valid Chinese residence permits for:
b. personal matters
The above three kinds of foreigners can enter in allowed date without applying for new visas or applications.
What if the holders have expired permits?
If some of the foreigners’ residence permits had expired after 0 a.m. 28 March 2020, they can apply for new visas in Chinese embassies or consulates by presenting the expired visas and related materials as long as these foreigners’ purposes to visit China keep unchanged.
Will the foreigners accept quarantine after entering China?
Yes, all the foreign visitors have to accept 14-day quarantine once reaching China and obey the relevant Chinese epidemic prevention and control regulations.
What about the foreigners of other visas or purposes?
For those ones who are of other purposes or hold other visas, they are still applied to the old announcement issued on March 26, 2020 that foreigners holding valid Chinese tourist visas or business visas cannot enter China at the moment.
When can other foreigners visit China?
As China is lifting the restriction step by step, it is possible to expect that more foreign visitors can come to China in the near future under the effective epidemic control. TCG will update the newest announcement and entry policy of China once it is issued.
As coronavirus hit most countries seriously, since 0 a.m., March 28, 2020, China declared to bar the entry of foreigners provisionally, even though they held valid Chinese visas or residence permits.
Since then, only foreign visitors who hold diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas or people who have necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or emergency needs can apply for new visas to visit China. That means most foreigners cannot come to China in almost half a year.
Is it safe to visit China now?
In fact, China is one of the best-controlled countries on epidemic coronavirus. Today (September 24, 2020), only 7 new cases were reported on the previous September 23 and all of them were imported from overseas. In China mainland, all the cities were degraded to low-risk areas, including Ruili City in Yunnan which had been on lockdown due to the 2 imported cases reported on September 12. However, after the full staff nucleic acid testing in Ruili, it lifted the lockdown at 22.p.m. September 21.
Overall, it is very safe to travel to China now. However, it is still advised to wear masks, stay distanced in public places, and avoid going to extremely crowded tourist attractions.