China Entry Suspended for Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals outside of China, who hold visas or valid residence permits, are temporarily suspended from entering the country according to an announcement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China’s National Immigration Administration on Thursday, March 26.

The announcement will go into effect on March 28 as a preventative measure against the global COVID-19 pandemic. (Scroll down to read the official announcement.)

Dongguan has been COVID-19 free for one week, with the last confirmed patient released on March 22. However, five people have tested positive as asymptomatic with COVID-19 in Dongguan, according to an announcement made by the Dongguan Municipal Health Bureau. Officials are not classifying these as fully confirmed cases.

The following is the official announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China’s National Immigration Administration.

Temporary Suspension of Entry for Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits

March 26, 2020,

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China for foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective at 12 a.m., March 28, 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.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
National Immigration Administration