China to Allow in More Foreigners Inoculated with Chinese Vaccines

China to Allow in More Foreigners Inoculated with Chinese Vaccines
Mar 18, 2021 Translated by eChinacities.com

China will allow in foreigners from several more countries as long as they have had one of the Chinese vaccines. After Hong Kong annouced last week that visas will start being processed again for foreigners who have had a Chinese vaccine, the embassies of 20 more countries, including the US, the UK, Australia, Israel, Pakistan, Thailand, Iraq and the Philippines, say the same scheme has been extended to them.

China to allow in foreigners with Chinese vaccine
Source:  Serhat Beyazkaya

The requirements vary slightly by country, according to a report in British newspaper the Guardian, but the majority of the embassies in question say that visa procedures will return to pre-Covid measures for applicants inoculated with Chinese vaccines. In most cases, this would do away with the need for a letter of invitation from China and a health and travel declaration from the country of application.

Those applying will be required to have taken two doses of a Chinese vaccine or one-dose of the new single-dose option at least 14 days before traveling. Travelers will, however, still need a negative Covid test and to quarantine on arrival in China, the newspaper reports.

However, as the Chinese vaccines are not approved for use and therefore unavailable in several of the countries named, there are suggestions that Beijing is using the scheme as a way to push these countries into green-lighting the Chinese products. China is also not currently accepting applicants inoculated with foreign vaccines, including those approved by the WHO.

The Chinese government now has five vaccines approved for general or emergency use, including three that have been distributed to other countries, either as part of trade of aid programs. None have so far been approved by the WHO, however.

China’s Sinovac vaccine is currently available in Hong Kong, where the first changes to the visa process were announced, as well as in Thailand, Iraq, the Philippines, and several others countries that can now enjoy easier access. China is, however, yet to publish trial data on its vaccines, and efficacy rates vary wildly among the mainly Asian, African and South American countries that have already rolled them out to their populations.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Zhao Lijian, spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, denied that China was trying to push other countries to recognize its vaccines via the new visa scheme. “This is an arrangement made by the Chinese side unilaterally. It is a different thing from vaccine recognition,” he said.

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orientexpressguy
comment|79791|35059

A useful article.

Apr 16, 2021 10:25 Report Abuse

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Guest14963676
comment|79732|1662630

China on March 7 announced a program named "Spring Sprout" to have Chinese citizens overseas inoculated with vaccines produced either by China or other countries. The country has set up vaccination sites in countries including the UAE, South Korea, Sudan, Lebanon, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Namibia, Angola and Ethiopia.

Apr 12, 2021 10:12 Report Abuse

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johannes8wolf
comment|79638|1690544

Does anybody know if one can enter with a positive antibody test instead?

Mar 31, 2021 18:41 Report Abuse

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oxana212
comment|79607|1801276

Keep it up, China ♥

Mar 28, 2021 19:15 Report Abuse

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Guest14963676
comment|79528|1662630

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that approval for emergency use of China’s Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19 is likely to be given by the end of March. After testing by the official drug and medical equipment body, Turkey approved Sinovac for use this January and began administering the vaccine. Countries that approved Sinovac including Singapore, Malaysia and the list goes...

Mar 19, 2021 10:13 Report Abuse

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kenneth_taytc
comment|79526|1662630

Finally, I see light at the end of the tunnel.

Mar 19, 2021 10:03 Report Abuse

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gracesan
comment|79525|1995939

Finally! Let's hope for the best

Mar 18, 2021 23:14 Report Abuse

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Obande
comment|79524|2055208

We be very happy to have the visa

Mar 18, 2021 20:20 Report Abuse