Coronavirus impact on foreigners

China declared the highest level of public health emergency on January 24th in response to the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov).

Who will be affected?

All foreigners who will be travelling from/to China and may apply for a Chinese visa and/or residence permit.

Impact

At present, except for the lock-down of the exit channel of Wuhan ports, all port visa agencies are operating as usual. Visa-free transit policy for foreigners are still effective. All land, sea and airports of China are functioning. Foreigners can enter or exit as usual with their valid international travel documents.

Foreigners could make reasonable travel arrangements to China and stay or reside in China as usual. Due to entry restrictions adopted by some countries and regions, it is advised that foreigners who need to exit from China, should learn in advance, what entry requirements of destination countries or regions to avoid financial and time losses in case of any entry refusals. Those who travel to countries or regions without entry restrictions, are advised to arrive at exit ports well ahead of departure time for necessary checks.

Based on currently available information, countries including DPRK, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, ROK, Qatar, Japan, Vietnam, India, Britain, Indonesia, France, Myanmar, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka as well as Hong Kong, Macao SAR and Taiwan region have adopted entry restrictions for travellers from China mainland. If travellers are in urgent need of exit from China mainland, it is advised to make travel arrangements after consulting with relevant diplomatic representative agencies, airlines or the inviting entities of the destination counties or regions.

International travellers can enter China through ports of Wuhan (referring to Wuhan Tianhe International Airport and Hankou ferry terminal). Due to the lock-down of the exit channels of Wuhan ports, exits through any ports of Wuhan can only be permitted with approval.

Some of the immigration inspection agencies may close some e-channels for the moment due to the current situation of the epidemic prevention and control. Under such circumstances, travellers should go through manual inspection channels. It is advised for travellers to follow instructions of NIA officers and go through border clearance formalities according to relevant regulations.

During the epidemic prevention and control period, immigration officers at manual inspection channels may work together with relevant authorities and take necessary preventive measures such as taking travels’ temperatures and making inquiries about travel itineraries and close contacts. Cooperation by the travellers will be appreciated. Immigration inspection agencies will make efforts to guarantee border inspection waiting time does not exceed 30 minutes for Chinese citizens at large ports and smooth border clearance for foreign visitors.

Santa Fe Analysis

At present, except for the lock-down of the exit channel of Wuhan ports, all port visa agencies are operating as usual. Visa-free transit policy for foreigners are still effective. All land, sea and airports of China are functioning. Foreigners can enter or exit as usual with their valid international travel documents.

All exit-entry administration (EEA) authorities in China will be in full service for extension and issuance of visa and stay or residence permits to ensure foreigners’ legitimate stay in China.

Santa Fe will continue to monitor the situation and keep updates from the government authorities.

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

Robert Day
Group Head of Immigration Operations
Santa Fe Relocation
London, UK
D: +44 7990 021125
E: Robert.Day@santaferelo.com

 

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