Suspending the entry of foreign nationals
From midnight (0 a.m.) of March 28, 2020, China suspended the entry of most foreign nationals, citing the temporary measure as a response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world.
According to the announcement was made by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on March 26, foreigners who hold the following visas, even valid ones, are not allowed to enter China now:
- Chinese visa;
- Residence permit;
- APEC business travel card; and/or
- Port visa.
The ban also applies to those who are planning to enter the country under the following policies:
- 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy;
- Hainan 30-day visa-free policy;
- 15-day visa-free policy for foreign cruise group tours through Shanghai Port;
- Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy for foreign group tours from Hong Kong or Macao SAR; and/or
- Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries.
However, those who hold the following visas will not be affected:
- Diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visas; and
- New visa successfully applied for from Chinese embassies or consulates overseas after the announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.