China may reopen its borders to select foreign nationals from 36 European countries

The PRC Embassy in Denmark announced that foreign nationals who hold valid residence permits (including work permits and permit for family reunion and personal matters) in the following 36 European countries may now apply for Chinese visas:

UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Greece.

Additional European embassies are beginning to follow suit.

Who will be affected?

Foreign nationals who hold valid residence permits (including work permits and permit for family reunion and personal matters)


The Chinese government has suspended entry for most foreigners holding valid visa or residence permit starting from March 28, but never stopped helping process visa applications of foreign nationals who want to go to China for essential economic, trade, scientific and technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs. Recently, as the situation has been brought under control in many countries, people are looking forward to making foreign trips. Thus, China is relaxing in an orderly and gradual manner visa restrictions for foreigners entering China to resume economic activities and for other essential purposes. This includes those who hold valid visa or residence permit and who need to renew.

How can we help?

As China’s borders begin to reopen, we can help your employees to repatriate or relocate to China. We can help with immigration requirements, arrange a house move or find a new place to live, we can assist your employees if they are coming from any of the aforementioned countries.

Santa Fe offer a full range of unrivalled supportive services with enhanced health and safety measures in place, in line with all local regulations, to ensure a smooth, safe and comfortable repatriation home or relocation.

For any query, please contact our Santa Fe office in your country or to find out if one of your employees is eligible to return to China, please contact the following:

Maggie Hu
Immigration Manager – China
​Santa Fe Relocation
D: (86-21) 6233 9700 ext. 134
M: +13917317947

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