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2020-04-29 | All chapters

Progress Made Regarding Return of Foreign Nationals to China

On 9th April, European Chamber President Jörg Wuttke wrote to Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi, requesting his assistance to ease the recently imposed entry restrictions to China for foreign nationals. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MFAs’) official response recognised and thanked the Chamber for its support in China’s fight against COVID-19, and clarified that Chinese green card holders are not subject to the entry restrictions. It also stated that a fast-track system will be established for foreign nationals who need to return for urgent/necessary purposes, such as trade, science and research or humanitarian reasons. Further details will be announced by the MFA at a later stage.

Meanwhile, all of the European Chamber’s chapters have reached out to the relevant local authorities to clarify how supporting measures facilitating the return of foreign nationals to China will be implemented at the local level. So far, it has been confirmed that Beijing, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shanghai and Tianjin have such mechanisms to support foreign business.

For more information on these local policies, members of the European Chamber whose employees are affected by the travel ban are welcome to contact the relevant staff below.

Beijing: Feier Liu

Chongqing: Camellia Song

Guangdong: Peter Drucker

Jiangsu: Si Chen

Shandong: Kitty Wang

Shanghai: Helei Fu

Tianjin: Catherine Guo