China Resumes Issuing Visas to Foreigners: What You Need to Know

After nearly two years of strict travel restrictions due to the pandemic, China has taken a significant step towards reopening its borders by resuming the issuance of visas for foreigners of all categories

by | Mar 23, 2023 | Policy & News

China has recently announced the resumption of visa issuance for foreigners of all categories, including visas for tourist and medical affairs. This marks a significant step towards reopening China’s borders to the world after almost two years of strict travel restrictions.

Changes to Chinese Visa Policies

According to the new policy adjustments, visas issued before March 28th, 2020, will be resumed for entry. Port visa authorities will also resume reviewing and issuing all kinds of port visas for legal reasons. Additionally, visa-free entry to Hainan province, Shanghai for cruises, Guangdong province for foreigners from Hong Kong and Macao, and Guilin, Guangxi for ASEAN tourist groups will be resumed.

China’s Full Reopening of Borders to Visitors

Business travelers have been eligible to apply for business visas for China since January 8th, when the country began its first major move towards reopening its previously busy borders by abolishing mandatory quarantine upon arrival. Since then, foreigners have been able to apply for business visas to travel to China for commercial activities. With the latest policy adjustment, however, foreigners can now travel to China more conveniently and for all purposes.

The resumption of visa issuance is expected to help revive the tourism sector and boost the country’s economy. It will also allow foreign businesses to restart their operations in China and provide a platform for international trade and invstment.

How to Obtain a Work Visa for China

Foreign nationals who wish to work in China are required to have a work visa, also known as a Z visa. Employers who are interested in hiring foreigners to work in China must comply with local laws and regulations, such as having a legal entity for their business in China and the appropriate certifications from local government entities. As China’s economy grows and attracts foreign investment, the demand for foreign talent is expected to increase, making work visas an essential tool for facilitating international business and cooperation.

To apply for a work visa in China, foreign nationals must first obtain a work permit, which the local Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security issues. Once the work permit is approved, the applicant can apply for a work visa at the Chinese embassy、consulate, or other diplomatic missions in person for application. The application process typically involves submitting a completed visa application form, a passport-sized photo, and other supporting documents.

It is important to note that China’s work visa regulations are subject to change, and applicants are advised to consult with the relevant authorities or seek professional advice before applying.

Let Us Help With Your Work Visa Application

Integra Group is a one-stop business service provider that offers assistance with work visas, business visas, and accompanying family visas. Our team of accountants and business advisors is highly experienced in handling government applications and ensuring that the work permit applications for entrepreneurs, business partners, and expatriate employees – and their families – are processed timely and without delay.

Contact us today to speak with one of our professionals and get started with your work visa application process.

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