As of November 6th, 2020, several Chinese embassies have issued notice suspending entry of foreigners holding Chinese visas, residence permits, and certain other valid visas.
In response to the recent global rebound in COVID-19 cases, the Chinese government has implemented several temporary measures to contain the spread of the epidemic. To this end, the "Notice on Suspension of Partially Valid Chinese Visas, effective from November 4th, 2020, was published on the websites of Chinese embassies in the UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Russia and other jurisdictions.
Who will be affected?
The following foreign individuals will no longer be able to use these visa/permit to enter China.
Who will be not affected?
The following foreign individuals are still be able to use these visa to enter China.
Chinese Embassies in several countries have airline boarding condition which requires passengers of Chinese and foreign nationality to have in their possession a “Double Negative Certificate“. Specifically, passengers boarding an China-inbound aircraft are required to obtain:
[Note: As of today, Ukraine is a new impacted country.]
With the rebound of the COVID-19 in many countries, Chinese policymakers may implement further immigration control measures. This also means that in the coming period, international business and personal travel will face a new round of challenges. Foreign individuals who have travel plans to come to China are advised to consider the following issues and seek professional assistance where necessary:
KPMG will continue to follow policy and practice updates announced by the national and local immigration authorities, and inform our clients accordingly. Please contact a member of the KPMG Immigration Practice for practical solutions.