China to Accept Foreign Vaccine Certificates from Some Visa Applicants

China to Accept Foreign Vaccine Certificates from Some Visa Applicants
Apr 21, 2021 By eChinacities.com

At long last, China has started recognizing some foreign Covid-19 vaccinations from people seeking to enter the country. Would-be visitors who have been inoculated in the US with either the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson jabs can now submit evidence of their status with the documents required for processing their visas.

China to accept foreign vaccines

The big news, released by the Chinese embassy in Washington, suggests the beginning of the easing of travel restrictions between China and America.  The Chinese embassy in Iraq is also accepting any Covid-19 vaccination approved for use in Iraq, including China’s Sinopharm and the UK’s AstraZeneca. Similar cooperation with other countries is expected to follow.

Up until this point, China was only allowing entry to foreigners from certain countries who had been inoculated with a Chinese vaccine. The move was, however criticized as a bid to force the countries who hadn’t recognized China’s vaccines to do so.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that China is planning to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for use in China by July. That would make it the first non-Chinese vaccine to receive Beijing’s backing. Foshun Pharma, the Chinese partner of Pfizer’s maker BioNTech, has sole marketing rights in Greater China.

Last month, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing would hold talks with other countries to achieve mutual recognition of digital health certificates, which would include information on vaccinations.

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Guest14963676
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India’s Covid-19 crisis has cast a shadow on the world reopening and, despite a global ramping up of vaccination, some regions will open borders while others will follow later and in a more limited way, according to a leading Chinese epidemiologist.

May 11, 2021 10:42 Report Abuse

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Guest14963676
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The Chinese Embassies in Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Iran, and Benin have recently announced implementation of the Online Visa Application and Appointment system for Chinese visa starting from 10 May 2021. After one month transition period, from 10 June 2021, all applicants (excluding Hong Kong SAR visa applicants) are required to log on http://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn and fill in the visa application forms online.

May 10, 2021 14:59 Report Abuse

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Jyotsana1986
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Can Indians also apply for work visa for China after getting Pfizer,Moderna or J&J vaccine..?

Apr 26, 2021 19:27 Report Abuse

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sinkin
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What's about Sputnik V?

Apr 26, 2021 14:19 Report Abuse

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kenneth_taytc
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Last month, Chinese embassies announced that visa rules would be eased for recipients of China-produced vaccines – despite only being available in a limited number of countries.

Apr 22, 2021 10:14 Report Abuse