Temporary Suspension of Entry into China – latest news

Temporary Suspension of Entry into China – latest news

China has announced a reintroduction of the temporary suspension of entry into China for citizens of a number of countries as the ‘second-wave’ of Covid-19 is affecting many parts of the world as we head into winter.

On the 4th November, the Chinese Embassy in London announced the temporary suspension for Non-Chinese Nationals in the UK Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits

The notice states:

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in the UK holding visas or residence permits still valid at the time of this announcement. The Chinese Embassy and Consulates in the UK will no longer issue a Certified Health Declaration Form for the above-mentioned personnel.

Entry by holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected. Foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at Chinese Embassy or Consulates. Entry by non-Chinese nationals in the UK with visas issued after 3 November 2020 will not be affected.”

As of the 8th November, similar measures have been imposed on a total of 11 countries, including Belgium, Italy, France, Russia, Ukraine, India, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

For non-Chinese citizens in those countries it is still unclear as to whether they can enter China via another country, or when the temporary suspension will be lifted.

Gemini’s Visa team is working closely with the relevant authorities in China to understand the current policy and be notified of policy changes as soon as they happen.

If you or your company would like to have a confidential discussion about what this means for you, then please contact our China Visa Manager, Lily Zhang: lilyz@i-five.com.cn