Announcement on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits
2020/03/28

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from 0 a.m., 28 march 2020. Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards will be suspended as well. Policies including port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy, Hainan 30-day visa-free policy, 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries will also be temporarily suspended. Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected.

Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs,may contact the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (Vancouver) via Email (vancouvercenter@visaforchina.org), and submit their applications after receiving the confirmation from the Center. If the Consulate General has approved the application and issued a visa, the foreign national can enter China with the new visa after this announcement.

The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries. Thank you for your understanding.

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