From September 28, 2020, China will allow certain foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits to enter into China. This relaxes the restrictions put in place in March and will be welcome news for foreign businesses restoring their China operations.
On March 26, 2020, against the backdrop of Covid-19’s spread across countries, Chinese governmental authorities announced restrictions on foreign nationals entering China, including those holding various China travel and work permits (see KPMG China Tax Alert Issue 20). In a new announcement by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the National Immigration Administration (NIA), effective from midnight September 28, 2020, foreign nationals holding three types of valid Chinese residence permits will be permitted to enter into China. Other measures in the initial announcement continue to be effective.
Foreign nationals holding the following types of valid residence permits may enter into China from 0:00 on September 28, 2020.
Where any of these residence permits expired after 0:00 on March 28, 2020 and where the purpose of residence in China remains unchanged, holders may apply for the re-entry visa with Chinese embassies or consulate. Expired residence permits and supporting documents may be required to be presented in support of the application.
Other measures outlined in NIA’s March announcement remain in force. Specifically, foreign nationals holding the following types of valid visa can enter into China:
The following visa-exempt policies remain suspended until further notice:
Foreign individuals are advised to consider the following and seek professional assistance where necessary:
Companies that employ foreign individuals who meet the requirements for re-entry should proactively plan for the safe and timely return of such personnel and their family members.
KPMG will continue to update you on the latest developments in this regard, and share our observations and insights.