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This article was originally published on January 17, 2023, and was updated on February 3, 2023, to reflect new information.

February 3, 2023, Update: The government of China will resume issuing port visas to Japanese citizens effective January 30, 2023. The government will continue its 72/144-hour visa-free transit policy with Japan.

Original Post From January 17, 2023:

Key Points

  • China announced the suspension of short-term visa issuances to nationals of South Korea and Japan


The government of China announced the suspension of short-term visa issuance to Japanese and South Korean nationals on January 10, 2023. This includes visas issued for tourism, business, and medical purposes.

What are the Changes?

On January 10, 2023, China’s government suspended issuing short-term visas to Japanese and South Korean nationals. According to the government, this decision was made due to entry restrictions being placed on Chinese citizens. The government suggested that it will implement similar measures for other countries that implement additional COVID-19 entry measures directed at nationals of China.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of China’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China

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