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Can I Travel to China Now?


 

With the gradual control on the virus of COVID-19 and declination of the infection, as well as more and more people get vaccinated, people start to ask when I can travel to China?
 

>>Can I travel to China now?

>>Who can apply visa for traveling to China now?

>>How to apply for a new visa of China?

>>What visa for China I can apply?

>>Are there any flights to China?

>>What documents need to prepare before boarding?
 

Can I travel to China now?

The answer is possible. It is estimated at the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022 that China may open its border.
 

More and more people get vaccinated

More than 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have already been provided to citizens in China and about 100 million Chinese people have already been vaccinated according to the the statistics from the China National Health Council on April 21, 2021. China plan to get about 560 million people vaccinated to the end of June, 2021, achieving 40% immunization coverage nationwide.
 

Chinese version of the "International Travel Health Certificate" launched

Under China's announcement of the launch of the Chinese version of the "International Travel Health Certificate" in this April, and mutual recognition of vaccination information, the international tourism market is expected to usher in a turning point for an accelerated rebound, and the restart of inbound and outbound tourism is just around the corner. The Chinese version of the "International Travel Health Certificate" is only for Chinese people, but the international travel requires the cooperation of all countries in the world. Only when each country activates the mutual recognition system of health codes, it will play an important role in promoting inbound and outbound travel.

According to the current situation, the effectiveness of China’s vaccines has been increasingly recognized internationally. At the same time, with the increase in the number of people vaccinated in China, it is getting closer and closer to herd immunity. We estimated that by the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022, the China board may gradually open from the initial small-scale to a large-scale. The first goal of opening should be those countries that have purchased Chinese vaccines and recognized the effectiveness of Chinese vaccines.
 

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Who can apply visa for traveling to China now?

Starting from 15 March 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants who have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China and obtained the vaccination certificate.

1. Foreign national and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields need only to provide the documents required before the COVID-19 pandemic when applying for a visa, without PU invitation letter.

2. The scope of applicants eligible for applying for a visa out of emergency humanitarian needs will be expanded as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents of China, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (referring to siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.

3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
 

Reminder:

(1) The above-mentioned visa facilitation applies only to applicants who have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China (either having received two doses of Chinese-made vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or having received a single-dose Chinese-made vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

(2) All passengers should still follow the boarding requirements as stated in the Notice on Airline Boarding Requirements for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results.

(3) After entering China, you are requested to comply with the relevant epidemic prevention regulations. For detailed procedures, please check the official websites of Chinese embassies in various countries. 
 

As of March 18, the following China embassies have issued specific notices:

Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Israel, Philippines, Malta, Belarus, Ireland, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Greece, India, Spain, Serbia, United Kingdom, South Korea, Denmark, Australia,Slovakia, Micronesia, East Timor, Indonesia, Arabia, Giles, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, United States, Turkey, Nepal, Jordan, Italy, Argentina, Estonia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Gabon, Nigeria, Rwanda, Ivory Coast.
 

How to apply for a new visa of China?

Foreign nationals who plan to visit China need to apply for China a new visa with the nearest China embassy, consulate or China Visa Application Service Center.
 

What document prepared for visa application


1. Passport

Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the bio data page.

2. Visa Application Form and Photo

One completed Visa Application Form attached with a recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background. Please refer to "Photo Requirements for Chinese Visa Application".

 3. Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to non-British applicants)

The original and a photocopy of a valid British visa or other proof of legal stay, residence, employment or study in the U.K..

4. Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign nationals who once held Chinese nationality)
 

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What visa for China I can apply?

Z-Visa

Issued to those who intend to work in China

Holders of Z-Visa whose duration of stay is 000 days, shall apply to the exit/entry administrations of local public security bureau for foreigners' residence permits within 30 days from the date of their entry.
 

S1-Visa

Issued to those who intend to go to China to visit the foreigners working or studying in China to whom they are spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18 or parents-in-law, or to those who intend to go to China for other private affairs, whose intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.
 

Holders of S1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of local public security bureau in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.
 

S2-Visa

Issued to those who intend to visit their family members who are foreigners working or studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for other private matters, with an intended duration of stay in China of no more than 180 days.
 

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
 

Q1-Visa

Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for a family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for foster care, with an intended duration of stay in China exceeding 180 days.
 

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
 

Holders of Q1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of local public security bureau in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.
 

Q2-Visa

Issued to those who intend to visit their relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China, with an intended duration of stay in China of no more than 180 days.
 

M-Visa

Issued to those who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities. Currently it is only to those holding APEC business travel card.

The notices issued by each Chinese consulate are slightly different, so please consult the local embassy, consulate or visa service center for the final explanation and confirmation.
 

Are there any flights to China?

Yes, it is possible to buy air ticket flying to China.
 

For example, there are directly flights from London, Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Auckland, Frankfurt. Vancouver and Paris to Shanghai Pudong International airport every week.
 

Foreign nationals can also fly to China through other gateway cities of China, such as Xi’an, Chengdu, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Kunming.
 

If there isn’t any direct flights to China from your country, you can also choose to fly to a 3rd country first then go to China, except those nations who are not accepted to enter China via the 3rd nation by China government.
 

Therefore please check with China embassy, consulate or visa application service center in your country.
 

What documents need to prepare before boarding?

1)Valid Passport and China Visa
 

2) Health code with "HS" logo or health declaration with "HDC" logo

Foreign nationals going to China should go to the testing agency designated by the embassy or consulate for nucleic acid (pharyngeal swab or deep sputum) and antibody (venous blood) testing on the day or 2 natural days before the flight departure. Meanwhile, remind the testing agency to promptly file with the Chinese embassy and consulate after issuing the test report, and clearly authorize the testing agency to provide personal information to the embassy and consulate, including but not limited to name, gender, birthday, passport number, test results, etc.

Only those with negative nucleic acid and IgM antibody test results (regardless of whether they have inoculated with the new crown vaccine or not) can apply to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate for a health code with the "HS" logo or a health declaration with the "HDC" logo.
 

3) International Travel Declaration or Statement

According to the immigration policies from different countries, suggest you consult with the immigration administration of your country, knowing more about the immigration policies.

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