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【Notice】Highlights from NIA in Epidemic

On March 24th , one piece of news was published on the National Immigration Administration (NIA) website regarding the deportation of four foreigners entering China who disobeyed the policy on quarantine of 14 days


If you keep updating with the diagnosed patients of COVID-19 of China, there has been no new domestic case anymore for a while, all cases imported. Therefore it is important to keep with the update of the latest immigration policy. 


Now the worldwide advice on travelling is to stay at home, but if you have to travel across boarders to China, this article can get you a general idea on how you should readjust your travel plans.


Entry or exit China during the period of epidemic


Quoting NIA’s announcement on 28th March 

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from 0 a.m., 28 march 2020.


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 of 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.


The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries. 


China will stay in close touch with all sides and properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under the special circumstances.


The above-mentioned measures will be calibrated in light of the evolving situation and announced accordingly.


▍Foreigners in China to renew their visa

For those who have been in China with a valid visa that is about to expire have to go to immigration office to renew their visa. The authorities will renew the visa according to the current situation. 


For those who could not renew in time due to actual difficulties caused by the epidemic, immigration offices shall be alleviate the penalties. By all means, contact immigration office, or your agent to find out the latest updates on your visa.


▍International flight terminated in Beijing redirect 

Now all international flights destined to Beijing are redirect to designated port of entry in the bellowing cities, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Hohhot, Shanghai Pudong, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou and Xián. 


You can check with your airline to find out the first entry city of your flight. All passengers will go through quarantine inspections and process entry procedure. Passengers who had been to high risk countries may have to go further quarantine.


▍Abide the Law

At the same time, NIA also stressed the importance of foreigners in China must follow the Chinese regulations. Details can be found on its website in 7 different languages. 


There are also advises on travelling to certain high-risk countries and areas. 


It is indeed a difficult time for everyone worldwide. While China is currently is a safe place compared to the rest of world. If you are currently staying in China, be patient. 


And if you are planning to come to China yet have to suspend your travelling plan, we will keep you updated. 


For any concerns regarding the latest policies and anything about expat, fell free to contact Reindeer Station, we are always here for you.



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