China Expats with Valid Visas Can Return Without Additional Permit

China Expats with Valid Visas Can Return Without Additional Permit
Sep 24, 2020 By

In good news for China expats who have been stuck outside the country for months, rules for re-entry are about to get a lot easier. According to an announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration yesterday, those with valid visas and residence permits can re-enter China without an additional permit from midnight on Monday, September 28.

China expats allowed to return

China expats who had left China but still had valid documents had recently been permitted to re-enter the country only if a special permit had been secured two weeks before travel.

The new rules will only apply to those with residence permits for work, personal matters and family reunion. In addition, people whose residence permits in the same categories expired after March 28 can present their expired papers and relevant supporting materials to Chinese embassies or consulates in their home countries as long as their reason to reside in China remains unchanged.

Further details, such as whether this applies to all nationalities and job categories and whether foreigners currently in China will now be able to come and go, remain hazy.

The adjustment comes six months after China effectively closed its borders to all foreign nationals in an attempt to quell imported cases of COVID-19. All returnees will, of course, be required to submit to a 14-day quarantine on arrival, as per China’s epidemic prevention measures.

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With the new rule, China is suspending all non Chinese citizen from UK to enter China in view of the surge of cases found in UK. More countries are expected to be in the list if the number continue to increase drastically.

Nov 07, 2020 07:36 Report Abuse



Many countries are experiencing 2nd and possibly 3rd wave at this moment, chances of foreigners to enter China remain bleak.

Oct 29, 2020 12:57 Report Abuse



It is difficult for a non natives to get a PU letter at this moment. This rules seemingly only applies to those who previously had a resident permits which expired.

Oct 15, 2020 06:39 Report Abuse



I guess you answered your question already... Find a company who invites you... I think that is the tricky part here. I am facing the similar issue like you, lost job because of this situation and now I can't even visit my wife's family during my "free time"

Oct 14, 2020 00:57 Report Abuse



Does anybody know if foreigners that do not currently hold a visa are able to apply and travel to China currently? Specifically a work visa to potentially start employment with a new company.

Oct 07, 2020 22:37 Report Abuse



when foreign students from pakistan will be allowed to enter china

Oct 04, 2020 16:08 Report Abuse



Without the new antibody injection, borders may not resume operations until year end.

Sep 26, 2020 12:45 Report Abuse



Great news!

Sep 26, 2020 03:59 Report Abuse



why those details still remain hazy?

Sep 25, 2020 11:00 Report Abuse



Good news indeed, however this new rule only allows those with valid resident permit to enter. China is taking all efforts to curb the spread. Kudos

Sep 25, 2020 10:05 Report Abuse