August 12, 2020
China had gone to lockdown in March and closed its borders for international visitors. Now, China has eased entry restrictions for international visitors from 36 European countries.
Before this, all foreign nationals were forbidden from entering the country when Beijing imposed the measures in March, even those with Chinese work or residence permits or family living in the country. According to the new rules, European passport holders from 36 countries e.g. France, Germany and the UK with a valid residence permit can apply for a Chinese visa without an invitation letter.
According to a notice by the Chinese embassy in Berlin published Wednesday, everyone returning to China has to reapply for their visa, since travel documents issued before the pandemic have been nullified. Before this, China had allowed only a small number of skilled foreign workers to return with special official invitation letters.
Furthermore, China has largely brought the spread of COVID-19 under control after the disease first emerged there late last year, but there has been a series of local clusters in recent months.