Notice on Updated Requirements for Chinese Visa Application During Covid-19 Pandemic

Since March 2021, Chinese Consulates in 100+ countries start to provide facilitation for visa applicant who is inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine produced in China. We try to use simple words to explain the current policy of applying China visa overseas. Especially for Business, Work and Family reunion.

If you are outside of China and would like to apply a new visa to enter China:

Purpose: Economic, Trade, Scientific or Technological
Apply M visa
Way1: PU letter (business)
Family accompany: Not available
Difficulty level: Very difficult, must be HUGE business project.
Or
Way2: Chinese vaccine certificate + valid APEC card
Family accompany: Not available
Difficulty level: Depends if you can inoculate Chinese vaccine or not.

As far as we know, Chinese vaccine is available in following countries/region:


Asia

HK, Macau, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Philippine,

Indonesia, UAE, Pakistan, Cambodia, Maldives, Palestine, Laos, Brunei, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

AmericaBrazil, Peru, Columbia, Chile, Argentina, Mexico
EuropeHungary, Serbia, Belarus
AfricaMorocco, Egypt

Purpose: Family reunionPurpose: Work

Apply Z visa
Way1: PU letter (working) + Notification of Foreign Work Permit (NFWP)
Family accompany: Not available
Difficulty level: Difficult, only huge company which paid a lot of taxes in China can get PU letter.
Or
Way 2: Chinese vaccine certificate + Notification of Foreign Work Permit (NFWP)
Family accompany: Available
Difficulty level: Depends if Chinese vaccine is available in your country or not. List above.

Apply Q1 visa
Way 1: Chinese vaccine certificate + relationship certificate
Difficulty level: Depends if Chinese vaccine is available in your country or not. List above.

If you are inside of China, have a VALID Residence Permit (Work/Personal matters/Family re-union), want to leave China and come back.

You can leave and come back to China directly except if you go to following countries:
Canada, UK, Belgium, Italy, France, Russia, Ukraine, India, Philippine, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ethiopia, *South Africa (If you have valid residence permit and come to China from South Africa, you need to confirm with the Chinese Consulate in advance)

Sample case1: I am US citizen, I have a valid family reunion residence permit, I need to go back to US and come back, Is that ok?
A: Yes, US is not in above 13 countries list, so you can go to US and come back with the same valid family reunion residence permit.

Sample case 2: I am Italian working in China now, I have a valid work residence permit, I need to go back to Italy and come back, Is that ok?
A: If you go back to Italy, your residence permit will be invalid, you need to apply a brand new visa to come back. But if you are inoculated with Chinese vaccine already in China, then you can apply a brand new Z visa with simple paperwork in the Chinese Consulate in Italy. (Passport + work residence permit + employer’s invitation letter + Chinese vaccine certificate). After you come back to China, we can change that Z visa to residence permit again within 30 days.

We strongly suggest you avoid any unnecessary travel, because the pandemic is still serious outside, no one can guarantee the policy tomorrow will be the same as today. But if you do need to travel, inoculated with Chinese vaccine before you leaving is a better choice.

On top of the visa, something you better know:

  • Policy changes quickly. Please double confirm with the Chinese Consulate and the China visa center as always.

  • Please avoid any unnecessary travel because the pandemic is still there.

  • International flight cancel happens frequently

  • You need to have negative PCR nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body test results with 48 hours before your boarding.

  • You need to get a green QR code marked with "HDC" online

  • You need to have 14+7 days quarantine after you arrive China.

Because of the new policy was just implemented, inquiries increase a lot. Please check with us regularly.