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Visa and Green Health Code Applications Update

On 11th March, the Chinese Embassy in Ireland released information on obtaining a green health code while in Ireland through nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests. The embassy states that those who were infected with Covid-19 but have recovered, or have a positive IgG anti-body test result, can still apply for a green code by following the instructions provided. Read more

Chinese embassies in 22 European countries published Notice on Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Covid-19 Vaccines Produced in China: Denmark, Finland, GermanyIreland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, among others. The main content of the notices are the same. For the UK, there’s additional point: Non-Chinese nationals in the U.K. holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunion will no longer be affected for entry into China.

Notice specifies that:

1. Foreign nationals and their family members coming to China for resuming their work in various fields only need to provide the documents required before the COVID-19 pandemic when applying for a visa.

The Invitation Letter (PU&TE) or Invitation Verification Notice issued by the foreign affairs offices or the departments of commerce of the provincial (including autonomous regions and municipalities) governments or the headquarters of state-owned enterprises are no longer required.

2. The scope of applicants eligible for applying for a visa out of emergency humanitarian needs will be expanded. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents of China, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (referring to siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.

3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in China.


1. Please be noted that the above-mentioned visa facilitation applies only to applicants who have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China (either having received two doses of Chinese-made vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or having received a single-dose Chinese-made vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

2. All passengers should still apply for the "Health Code" or "Health Declaration QR-Code" before the flight to China. The requirement that personnel intending to travel to China need to present double-negative certificates of nucleic acid and antibody (IgM) tests remains unchanged.

3. After entering China, you are requested to comply with the relevant epidemic prevention regulations.


Disclaimer: This is based on publicly available information from official Chinese embassy websitesPolicies are subject to frequent changesThis document is for informational purpose only and should not be construed as business or legal advice on any specific facts or circumstances. We will not be responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.