Since novel coronavirus pneumonia spread rapidly across the globe, China has decided to suspend foreigners from holding valid visas and residence permits for entry to China since March 28, 2020 at 0. Suspension of entry of foreigners with APEC Business travel cards. Such policies as the suspension of port visa, 24 / 72 / 144 hour transit visa exemption, Hainan visa exemption, Shanghai cruise visa exemption, 144 hour visa exemption for group entry of foreigners from Hong Kong and Macao to Guangdong, and visa exemption for ASEAN tourist group to Guangxi, etc. Entry with diplomatic, official, courtesy and C visa will not be affected. Foreigners who come to China to engage in necessary economic, technological and other activities, as well as for urgent humanitarian needs, may apply for visas from Chinese embassies and consulates abroad. The entry of foreigners with visas issued after the announcement shall not be affected.
This is a temporary measure that China has to take in response to the current epidemic situation and with reference to the practice of many countries. China is willing to maintain close communication with all parties and do a good job in personnel exchanges between China and foreign countries under the current situation. China will adjust the above measures according to the epidemic situation and make a separate announcement.
It is hereby announced.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
National Immigration administration
March 26, 2020