Notice: Further Adjustment of Visa for Foreigners to China
- Valid multi-year multi-entry visas issued before March 28, 2020 by the Chinese visa authorities abroad resume function.
Visa authorities stationed abroad will resume examining and issuing all types of visas for foreigners.
Port visa authorities shall resume the issuing of all types of port visas in line with the relevant laws and regulations.
The visa-exemption policy for Hainan, visa-exemption cruise policy for Shanghai, visa-exemption policy for foreigners to visit Guangdong from Hong Kong and Macao, and visa-exemption policy for ASEAN tour groups to Guilin, Guangxi shall resume operation.
Note: The notice above is a translation of an update shared by the China Consular Affairs
Commenting on the news, Tom Simpson, Managing Director, China at the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) said:
Resuming applications for all types of visas removes another significant barrier in the resumption of normal travel between the UK and China.
CBBC has already seen business travel applications and arrivals begin to increase since January, however, this news should lead to a significant increase in visits in particular for tourism.
Barriers still remain, however, with PCR tests still required for travel to China from the UK. Also, the resumption of flights won’t be instant but gradual over the course of 2023 and into next year.