The National Immigration Administration has implemented five significant measures starting January 11, 2024, to facilitate the entry of foreigners travelling into China. These measures are aimed at streamlining processes for foreign nationals involved in business, study, or tourism in China.
Relaxation of Requirements for Port Visas
Foreign individuals with urgent non-diplomatic activities, such as business cooperation, visiting, investment, entrepreneurship, family reunion, or personal affairs, can now apply for a port visa upon entry. Relevant documents, such as an invitation letter, should be presented to the port visa authorities.
Exemption of Border Inspection for 24-Hour Direct Transit
At nine international airports including Beijing Capital Airport, Beijing Daxing Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport, Xiamen Gaoqi Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Shenzhen Bao’an Airport, Chengdu Tianfu Airport, and Xi’an Xianyang Airport, travellers on 24-hour direct transit to a third country or region are exempt from border inspection procedures. A transit temporary entry permit is required for those leaving the designated port area, along with a valid international travel document, a connecting flight ticket, and a completed temporary entry and exit card for foreigners.
Streamlined Process for Visa Extension and Renewal
Non-diplomatic foreign individuals engaged in short-term activities can easily apply for visa extension, renewal, or reissue at the local exit-entry administration of the public security authorities, provided they have valid reasons to continue staying in China.
Issuance of Re-Entry Visas for Multiple Entries
Foreign nationals in China requiring multiple entries and exits can apply for a multiple-entry visa by presenting an invitation letter and relevant supporting documents to the exit-entry administration of the public security authorities.
Simplification of Document Submission for China Visa Applications
Foreigners applying for visas to China will be exempt from submitting documentation such as temporary residence registration records and business licenses if the relevant data can be accessed by authorities through official information sharing systems. For short-term family reunion visas, a statement declaring the family relationship by the inviter can be used instead of providing a family relationship certificate.
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