Can I get a Chinese visa in this Pandemic situation?

Based on the latest COVID-19 pandemic control and prevention, as of November 3, 2020, the Consular Section Commissioner's Office is ready to undertake visa applications by the CVASC. Candidates who planned to enter China for any of the following reasons:

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1. Olympic Participation:

The Covid-19 began in China's Hubei province, but strict and early lockdowns have brought the country under control. But, most travelers are not yet allowed to enter the country.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has declared that the Beijing 2022 Olympics will open for locals but not international tourists. The IOC also said that only vaccinated athletes could skip the 21-day quarantine.

The games begin on February 4, and the Paralympics end on March 13. These instructions apply to the entire period

2. Business Purpose:

Applicants required a letter of invitation from the foreign office of the state government for business or trade purposes.

3. Humanitarian Reasons:

Applicant visiting China for humanitarian reasons: Visiting an immediate relative or family member (including parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, and children) in China who is in critical health condition and in require care, or arranging the funeral arrangements of an immediate relative in the People's Republic of China.

4. Required Documents:

Copies of a medical or death certificate, hospitalization documents, proof of relationships (e.g., birth certificate, Chinese household registration, marriage certificate, attestation letter from the local police department in China or notarized certificate of kinship, etc.) and letters of invitation from family members or relatives in China are required.

  • Candidates who qualify for a crew (C) visa.
  • Candidates who qualify for an R visa.

In addition, candidates applying for service or diplomatic visas can come directly between 9:00 to 12:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday to the Consular Section of the Commissioner's Office situated in the China Resources Building (26 Harbor Road, Wan Chai) without pre-registration. A note verbale from the responsible branch of the International Organization or Consulate General in Hong Kong is required.

5. Special Reminders:

  • The Chinese Visa Application and Service Center (CVASC) is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am to 4 pm (excluding official holidays). Applicants must make an appointment through the Visa Application and Service Center (CVASC) official site before submitting the application materials on the website. Applications without a valid date will be denied. Humanitarian emergency applicants who have not made online appointments are eligible for a green passage. Please contact the Visa Application and Service Center (CVASC) in advance. If confirmed, these candidates can submit their applications directly.
  • All applicants must give a COVID-19 Negative Certificate and Visa Application Health and Travel Record Form within 72 hours. Please take mandatory pandemic prevention and control measures along the way and during use.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are more procedures in the approval process, no express service will be offered. So you must leave enough time for the application.
  • Please apply via the China Visa Application and Service Center (CVASC) and its registered agencies such as and stay away from illegal companies who practice unfair pricing by magnifying the problems of visa applications. If you come across the above dishonest companies or agencies, kindly call the police and please inform the Visa Application and Service Center.
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Philip Diack is Founder and Managing Director of Passports and, a national passport and travel visa service with offices in Atlanta, Miami, Washington, DC, NYC, Denver and San Francisco.

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