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Do you qualify to enter China again?

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Under certain conditions, foreigners can enter China again.

Chinese embassies in several countries have releases the news that people of the following three categories can enter China again if they have been vaccinated with a Chinese Covid vaccine.

  • Foreigners and their families who go to China to resume work can submit applications according to the requirements before the Covid epidemic. This means that there is no need to provide a PU Invitation Letter, a TE Invitation or "invitation verification form.
  • Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents if the reason for going to China is family reunion, family support, visit relatives, attending a funeral or visiting relatives who are critically ill.
  • Holders of a valid APEC Business Travel Card can apply for a business visa with an invitation letter from a Chinese entity.

People with a valid vaccination certificate are no longer required to provide a negative nucleic acid test certificate and a travel trajectory and health declaration form when submitting their visa applications. On arrival, they do still need to go through a quarantine period.

But, I am already in China...

I hear you!

As of April 13th, vaccinations are available for foreigners in China. In Guangdong Province, for example, vaccination has started in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan and Zhuhai. In other provinces, similar policies are in use.

Relevant information is updated daily, so pay attention to news releases of the local vaccination points where you live to make an appointment for vaccination.

A good place to start, is the Jiantong WeChat mini app that is created specially for Covid vaccinations. Just scan this QR code with WeChat to get it on your phone.

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Vaccination sites in Shenzhen

Vaccination sites in Shenzhen

This also means that if you are currently in China and you have avoided travelling abroad because you are concerned of not being able to return to China, your options to travel abroad and return are finally increasing. 

Oh, by the way.

If you want me to write a step-by-step guide on how to use the Jiantong WeChat mini app, complete with screenshots and such, let me know in the comments!

About the Author

Henk started his China adventure in 2011 as an LED display consultant to corporates. In 2016, Henk co-founded TroubleMaker in Shenzhen. Since then he has received over 16,000 visitors and helped hundreds of companies of all sizes with lowering development cost and speeding up time to market.

  • Henk, thank you for this information – sounds great! I hope the quarantine gets dropped as well.

  • Vitaly Stockman says:

    Thank you for sharing! The chances of coming to China this year are intensifying ?

      • Vitaly Stockman says:

        OK, updated my Gravatar, was it the right service? Let’s see if that will show up. Just checked APEC, seems like the countries I can apply on behalf of – don’t take part in that program yet. Will have to roll with the usual Chinese visa for now ?‍♂️

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