China announced on Wednesday that it is relaxing visa policies for some foreigners in a sign of confidence in the country’s containment of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry and National Immigration Administration said in a statement that, effective Sept. 28, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence work permits are allowed to enter the country without needing to apply for a new visa.
Additionally, those entering for personal matters and family reunions are also allowed to enter without applying for new visas.
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“The above-mentioned personnel shall strictly abide by the Chinese regulations on epidemic prevention and control,” the statement said. “Other measures in the Announcement issued on March 26 will continue to be implemented. While ensuring effective epidemic control, the Chinese government will continue resuming people-to-people exchanges in a step-by-step and orderly manner.”
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs temporarily suspended entry into China by foreign nationals who held visas or residence permits, and entry by foreign nationals with business travel cards was also halted.
China, where the COVID-19 pandemic began, has more than 90,400 cases of the coronavirus and has reported more than 4,730 deaths.