1. In order to resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly manner, starting from 15 March 2021, the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in the U.K. will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants who have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China and obtained the vaccination certificate:
I) Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for necessary business activities in various fields need only to provide the documents as were required before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic when applying for a visa. It is no longer needed to provide the Invitation Letter (PU), Invitation Letter (TE) or Verification Letter of Invitation issued by the foreign affairs offices or the departments of commerce of the provincial (including autonomous regions and municipalities) governments.
II) 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.
III) 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 the mainland of China.
IV) 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.
2. Please be noted that the above-mentioned visa facilitation applies only to applicants who have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China, having either received two doses of Chinese-made vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or received a single-dose Chinese-made vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application, and obtained the vaccination certificate.
3. The requirement that personnel intending to travel to China need to present double-negative certificates of nucleic acid and antibody (IgM) tests remains unchanged. The relevant Chinese quarantine policies shall be observed after entering China.