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JUST IN: China Lifts Visa Ban On Foreigners



JUST IN: China Lifts Visa Ban On Foreigners

China will begin issuing visas to foreigners with effect from Wednesday, the country’s foreign ministry said, in a major easing of travel restrictions in place since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The move marks the latest step towards reopening China to the world, as Beijing breaks with the strict zero-Covid strategy that defined its pandemic response until a few months ago.


In addition to new visas being reviewed and approved, those issued before March 28, 2020 that remain valid will once again allow entry to China, said a notice posted Tuesday on a social media account affiliated with the foreign ministry’s consular affairs bureau.

Same notices appeared on its embassies in America and France, also on the websites of several overseas Chinese missions.

The updated policy will also allow for the resumption of visa-free travel for those arriving on cruise ships to Shanghai as well as for certain tourist groups from Hong Kong, Macau and countries within the ASEAN regional grouping, the notice said.


The move would “further facilitate the exchange of Chinese and foreign personnel”, it added.

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