Sep 23, 2020 08:29 PM

China Lifts Reentry Ban on Residence Permit Holders

What’s new: Starting Sept. 28, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunions will be allowed to enter China, the Chinese National Immigration Administration announced Wednesday, six months after it banned inbound visa-holders in these categories due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

All inbound foreigner nationals are required to follow China’s disease control and prevention measures, and must apply for a new visa if their residence permits expired after March 28, the administration said in a statement (link in Chinese).

The background: The move came as China resumes its international air links after containing its domestic Covid-19 epidemic. All inbound air travelers are required to quarantine and show a negative test result for Covid-19 dated within five days of embarking on their trip, China’s aviation regulator said in July.

China temporarily banned foreign nationals with visas or residence permits from entering the country starting from March 28 because of concerns over the spread of Covid-19 abroad, with exceptions for certain types of visas including diplomatic, service and courtesy visas.

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