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1 april 2021

Chinese foreigners’ visa policy has been eased

From March 2020, China has been enforcing extensive entry bans for foreigners to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. Foreigners’ visa were halted to issue for almost a year except for urgency. The bans are temporally being eased to some extent since March 2021.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and some Chinese embassies abroad announced that from 15 March 2021, people vaccinated with vaccines produced in China will be able to apply for a visa to China, including those 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.

Thus, proof of a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result and the Health and Travel Record Declaration Form for Visa Application is no longer required.

Besides, we understand China requires two to three weeks of quarantine upon arrival. Some regions might mandate a longer quarantine period either in the hotel or at home. After quarantine, traveling between regions is generally allowed but with minor restrictions.

We will keep you up to date if the Embassy of the PRC in the Kingdom of the Netherlands releases exact details in terms of Visa for foreigners. Please note that the regulations can change very quickly.

More information

If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact our Asia team Joost Vrancken Peeters at +31620210657 or or Ye Yu at +31639267995 or