Easier Access from Hong Kong for Foreigners with Chinese Vaccinations

Easier Access from Hong Kong for Foreigners with Chinese Vaccinations
Mar 15, 2021 By eChinacities.com

Foreign nationals who have been inoculated with one of the Chinese Covid-19 vaccines can now enter the country via Hong Kong with simplified visa procedures. From today, applicants who have taken one of the Chinese vaccines will no longer need to provide a negative nucleic acid test, a health and travel declaration form or a letter of invitation with their applications for a China visa.

foreigners with Chinese vaccine
Source: Marco Verch Professional Photographer

The new scheme, announced by the Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong on Friday, is the first step towards China issuing vaccine visas, according to experts. If successful, the same or similar measures could be rolled out with other countries.

Under the new rules, foreign nationals applying for visas from Hong Kong need only provide the same documents required before the Covid-19 pandemic, plus a certificate of inoculation with one of the Chinese vaccines. Two doses of a two-dose Chinese vaccine with the proper wait time in between or one dose of the single-dose Chinese vaccine 14 days before application will be accepted.

Foreign nationals and their families members can now use the scheme to apply to enter mainland China to resume work or visit family members who are Chinese citizens or permanent residents. The scope for family reunification has also been expanded to include siblings, grandparents and grandchildren (in addition to spouses, parents and children) for the purpose of reuniting family, visiting relatives, taking care of elderly or critically sick relatives and attending funerals. Holders of APEC business travel cards can also apply for M visas with an invitation letter.

It remains unclear, however, whether vaccinated arrivals will need to quarantine in China. According to Tao Lina, a Shanghai-based vaccines expert, policies on the quarantine procedures still need to be “regulated.”

All other foreign nationals not entering through Hong Kong with a Chinese vaccination certificate will still need to follow the previous Covid and visa requirements for their country of origin, the Global Times reports.

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Guest14963676
comment|79498|1662630

I wonder how the vaccination certificate works. It remain unclear still whether quarantine is still a must in this case.

Mar 16, 2021 12:10 Report Abuse

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kenneth_taytc
comment|79734|1662630

In early March, the country launched a Chinese version of health certificate for international travelers, for Chinese nationals only at the moment. The certificate will record the holder's nucleic acid test and IgG antibody test results and vaccination status. It is expected to play a more important role in facilitating the healthy, safe and orderly flow of cross-border personnel with more countries as China strives to achieve mutual recognition of health codes internationally.

Apr 12, 2021 10:14 Report Abuse

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kenneth_taytc
comment|79496|1662630

This will definitely ease the hassle for those who have been "immobilized" for months now since the travel restriction kicks off.

Mar 16, 2021 12:07 Report Abuse

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Guest2770990
comment|79488|307887

These vaccines are medical experiments. I'm not sure if I'd allow myself to be coerced into being a guinea pig for a virus with a global survivability rate of around 99.8% (according to the CDC).

Mar 15, 2021 16:07 Report Abuse

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andybrocks2012
comment|79487|99083

lets get this going. need to get back to HK

Mar 15, 2021 13:20 Report Abuse