For M visa and F visa applications, PU letter is no longer a standard required document for all applicants but may be required for some specific cases and in certain countries only.

Who will be affected?

All travelers from overseas to China.


PU letter was firstly required in March 2020 by Chinese authorities and this policy has been implemented since then and only those who are considered very important and urgently needed in China, were granted with PU letter. The introduction of PU letter was aimed at limiting the number of foreigners entering China to minimize the spread of COVID-19 cases.

Due to the low approval rate and lengthy and complicated application process, PU letter applications have been the biggest challenge for applicants who intended to travel to China for work purposes.

From July 2022, Chinese embassies/consulates in many countries have been releasing an extended list of the visas which can be applied for with a ‘shortened’ list of document requirements.

In addition, Family reunion visas which are for those applicants who are foreign family members of a Chinese citizen or a foreign family member of a foreigner with Permanent Residence Card in China – Q1 or Q2 visas can be applied now.


With the new policy of no requirement of PU letter for M visa application, business travel to China will be easier.

Implementation Date

1st July 2022

Santa Fe Analysis/Recommendations

Due to the reduced quarantine period requirements on arrival in China, we anticipate a spike in travel into China during the month of August.

If you have questions about China immigration, or how to enter China during COVID-19, please reach out to your local Santa Fe Consultant, and we will be able to advise you further.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following:

Connie Wang
Relocation and Immigration Services Manager 
Santa Fe Relocation
D: (86-21) 6233 9700 ext. 247
M: +13585759255

Robert Day
Group Head of Immigration Operations
Santa Fe Relocation
London, UK
D: +44 7990 021125

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