China – Covid-19 – Immigration update

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Update: April 14th, 2020

China closes embassy, consulates in US

What is the change?

The Chinese Embassy and all consulates are closed until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Points

  • Chinese consulates in the U.S. are only processing visas on an emergency basis.
  • Those requiring emergency visa services must secure an appointment.

Those requiring emergency visa services must contact the Chinese Consulate in their jurisdiction for an appointment.

Employers and visa applicants should plan for significant delays as travel becomes increasingly restricted and Chinese consulates suspend visa services. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop.

Update: March 31th, 2020

14-day concentrated medical observation for all travellers entering Shanghai from abroad

What is the change?

With effect from 28 March, all travellers entering Shanghai from abroad are subjected to a 14-day concentrated medical observation. Travellers currently undergoing home quarantine should undergo concentrated medical observation instead, until they meet the 14-day quarantine requirement.

Diplomats and those working in fields of important economic and trade, scientific and technological cooperation will be subjected to another set of regulations. Travellers who are under the age of 18, over the age of 60, pregnant, or with medical conditions may undergo home quarantine following a strict assessment, and a negative nucleic acid test result for COVID-19.

14-day concentrated medical observation for all travellers entering Chengdu from abroad or other China ports

What is the change?

With effect from 27 March, all travellers entering Chengdu from abroad or other China ports are subjected to a 14-day concentrated medical observation. Travellers with destinations in other cities in the Sichuan province should undergo their concentrated medical observation in their destination cities, while travellers whose destinations are other provinces in China should undergo their 14-day concentrated medical observation in Chengdu. Special circumstances requiring home quarantine will be subjected to strict assessment.

Update: March 27th, 2020

Temporary suspension of entry by foreign nationals holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits

What is the change?

Effective 28 March, China will temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits that are valid until the time of this announcement. Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards will be suspended as well.

Policies including port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy, Hainan 30-day visa-free policy, 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from ASEAN countries will also be temporarily suspended.

Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected. Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates.

Entry by foreign nationals with visas issued after this announcement will not be affected.

Foreign airlines limited to one flight per week starting Sunday

What is the change?

Starting Sunday, 29 March, foreign airlines will be required to maintain only one air route to China and operate no more than one flight a week, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said. Domestic airlines also are asked to retain only one air route with each foreign country and operate no more than one flight a week.

Flights to and from China should carry no more than 75 percent of the passengers that they are licensed to carry. Flights could be further slashed in accordance with the development of the situation.

Nucleic acid test for all travellers arriving in Shenzhen

What is the change?

With effect from 24 March, all travellers arriving in Shenzhen from Shenzhen ports will need to undergo a nucleic acid test for COVID-19.

All inbound travellers to Shanghai to face quarantine

What is the change?

With effect from 6 p.m. on Thursday, 26 March, all travellers entering Shanghai from abroad will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Diplomats and those working in fields of important economic and trade, scientific and technological cooperation will be subjected to another set of regulations.

14-day concentrated medical observation and nucleic acid test for all travellers arriving in Guangdong

What is the change?

With effect from 6 a.m. on 27 March, all travellers (including travellers arriving from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and transit travellers) arriving in Guangdong will be subject to a 14-day concentrated medical observation as well as nucleic acid test for COVID-19.

Update: March 25th, 2020

Concentrated medical observation and nucleic acid test for travelers arriving in Beijing

What is the change?

With effect from 25 March, all travelers arriving in Beijing will need to undergo concentrated medical observation and a nucleic acid test for COVID-19, regardless of their final destination. Travelers who have entered Beijing from other China ports in the past 14 days will also need to undergo concentrated medical observation and a nucleic acid test for COVID-19.

Redirecting of international flights from Hongqiao International Airport to Pudong International Airport

What is the change?

With effect from 25 March, Shanghai will redirect all international (including Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan) flights from Hongqiao International Airport to Pudong International Airport.

Update: March 20, 2020

Concentrated observation required for people arriving in Beijing from other countries

What is the change?

The Beijing municipality has required people arriving in the city from other countries to undergo a self-paid 14-day concentrated medical observation from 18 March 2020.

According to the city’s newly revised quarantine rules for border entries, only those aged above 70 or under 14, pregnant, or with fundamental diseases who are not suitable for concentrated observation can apply for home observation.

The rules also require returnees entering China through ports outside Beijing to report their schedules and information to their Beijing employers and residential communities before arrival, and also be subjected to the observation rules.

14-day home medical observation or concentrated medical observation for travellers to Shanghai

What is the change?

With effect from 12 a.m. on 20 March, travellers from the following eight countries will be required to undergo a 14-day home medical observation or concentrated medical observation: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Malaysia, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

This is in addition to the 16 countries that are already on the list: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

Guangdong strengthens measures to reduce imported COVID-19 cases

What is the change?

With effect from 12 a.m. on 19 March, all Chinese nationals arriving in Guangdong from overseas and all foreign nationals who have travelled to the following list of 19 countries in the past 14 days prior to entering Guangdong shall be subjected to a 14-day home or collective quarantine for medical observation: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States.

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