Visa rules eased for many foreigners
China will simplify visa applications for many foreign nationals who have been inoculated with Chinese-produced COVID-19 vaccines, the latest step toward normalizing personnel exchanges.
Starting on Monday, Chinese embassies in multiple countries, including Japan, Israel, Thailand, Pakistan and the Philippines, will have streamlined visa application procedures in such cases.
The US, Germany, Australia and Greece are also included in the plan.
Those planning to visit for business purposes and who have been inoculated with a Chinese vaccine can prepare their visa application and inoculation materials, and apply for visas according to requirements from pre-epidemic times, according to a notice issued by the Chinese Embassy in the US.
The notice said that vaccinated passengers traveling to China by air are still required to provide negative certificates of nucleic acid tests and IgM antibody tests before boarding and should comply with Chinese regulations on quarantine and observation after arriving.