China resumes issuing all types of visas to foreigners

China resumes issuing all types of visas to foreigners

China's visa offices abroad will resume issuing all types of visas to foreigners on March 15 to facilitate cross-border travels. Foreigners with valid visas which were issued before March 28, 2020 will be able to enter the country. The Foreign Ministry's Department of Consular Affairs announced these decisions on March 14.

In order to further facilitate people-to-people exchanges between China and foreign countries, the Chinese government has decided to make the following adjustments on the visa entry policies for foreigners to China as of 0:00 Beijing time on March 15, 2023.

1. Valid multi-year multi-entry visas issued before March 28, 2020 by the Chinese visa authorities abroad resume function.

2. Foreigners may apply for all types of visas including those for tourism and medical treatment. For the specific requirements on visa application, please refer to the Notice on Visa Application Requirements on the Consulate General website and Wechat official account (released Beijing time on March 14, 29023).

3. Port visas shall resume to be issued in line with the relevant laws and regulations.

4. The visa-exemption policy for Hainan, visa-exemption 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 and Guangxi shall resume operation.