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Circular of the State Council on adjusting the visa application procedures for foreign nationals in China


With immediate effect, the Chinese government has adopted the following provisions for the following foreign nationals to apply for entry visas:

1、 Foreigners who come to China at the invitation of central and state organs, provincial foreign affairs and commerce departments, central enterprises and most foreign affairs departments of Municipal People’s governments and hold invitation letters issued by relevant departments can apply for corresponding types of visas at the Berlin China visa application service center.

2、 Those who go to China to resume work and production can apply for a work visa with a valid foreigner work permit or foreigner work permit notice. Foreign family members of the above-mentioned persons (including foreigners who have worked in China) can apply for visas to stay with or visit their relatives in China only on the basis of kinship certificates and other materials. Family members include spouses, parents, children under the age of 18 and parents of spouses.

3、 Chinese citizens and foreign family members of foreigners with permanent residence status in China may apply for a visa for family visit or family reunion on the strength of kinship certificates and other materials. Family members include spouses, parents, parents of spouses, children, spouses of children, brothers and sisters, grandparents, maternal grandparents, grandchildren and grandchildren.

In principle, the above visa applicants shall be vaccinated with vaccines approved by China or the World Health Organization for emergency use or marketing before entering the country.

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