While travel to China generally remains suspended for foreign nationals, some exemptions to the entry ban have been made for some residence permit holders.
The new policy allows individuals of select countries with valid residence permits issued for work or family reunions to apply for a visa without a Letter of Invitation (LOI). The policy applies to applicants from the following countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Qualifying applicants can apply for a visa at a Chinese embassy or consulate in their country of origin. However, applicants should note that the policy’s implementation varies among consulates. Therefore, they should confirm that their local consulate or embassy has adopted the policy before submitting a visa application.