TRENDS

Entering China as a Foreigner to Attend an Event

If you’re looking to enter China from abroad in order to attend an event, there are a ranging number of requirements that you may need to look into as different entry strategies apply to different passport / visa holders. Take a look at the current entry requirement regulations (at the time of writing) below!

Diplomatic / Service / Courtesy / C Visa Holders: Should follow the entry policies set before the Phase I travel ban (March 28, 2020).

Other Visa Holders: If you have been inoculated with a China-made COVID-19 vaccine (two doses with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose at least 14 days prior to your application):

For Business Activities: You and your family members may apply for the corresponding visa by providing the documents as required before the pandemic outbreak (invitation letter from relevant authorities no longer required).

Emergency Humanitarian Needs: Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents of China may apply for the corresponding visa for entering China.

Valid APEC Business Travel Card Holders: May apply for an M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and an invitation letter issued by the inviting party in mainland China.

However, at the time of writing, do note that there are other stipulations to be aware of as per the policy under Phase III of the travel ban.

Those from the following countries may apply for a special visa with an invitation letter issued by relevant authorities in China in the case of an emergency.

United Kingdom, France, Italy, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan and South Africa

If you are not from any of the selected countries, but you:

  • hold a valid residence permit for work, personal affairs, or reunion, you can enter China with the residence permit.
  • hold an expired (after March 28, 2020) residence permit for work, personal affairs, or reunion, you will need to apply for a new visa with the invalid residence permit. But you do not need to provide the invitation letter.
  • Do not hold a valid residence permit for work, personal affairs, or reunion, you may apply for the special visa with an invitation letter issued by relevant authorities – providing that you are entering for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities, or out of emergency humanitarian needs.