Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The People's Republic of China National Immigration Administration of The People's Republic of China Announcement on Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Residence Permits of Three Categories
2020/09/25

In view of the current COVID-19 situation and the need of epidemic prevention and control, adjustments are now made to the Announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits issued on 26 March 2020.

 

Effective from 0 a m., 28 September 2020, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunion are allowed to enter China with no need for applying for new visas. If the above three categories of residence permits held by foreign nationals expired after 0 a.m., 28 March 2020, the holders may apply for relevant visas by presenting the expired residence permits and relevant materials to the Chinese embassies or consulates on the condition that the purpose of the holders’ visit to China remains unchanged. The above-mentioned personnel shall strictly abide by the Chinese regulations on epidemic prevention and control.

 

Other measures in the Announcement issued on March 26 will continue to be implemented. While ensuring effective epidemic control, the Chinese government will continue resuming people-to-people exchanges in a step-by-step and orderly manner.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

National Immigration Administration of the People's Republic of China

23 September 2020

 

Appendix: Samples of Residence Permit and Visa

I. Residence Permit

Residence permit is residence certificate that foreigners apply for after entering China with a relevant visa to the Chinese immigration administration. The residence permit (pictured below) is marked with the words "FOREIGNER'S RESIDENCE PERMIT", and the PURPOSE FOR RESIDENCE represents the type of residence permit. The words "work", "private affairs" or "reunion" in the "Residence Reason" column are the three types of residence permit mentioned in the announcement.

II. Visa

Visas are usually issued by Chinese embassies and consulates abroad. Visas (pictured below) are clearly marked with "VISA".