The Chinese government has announced that it will allow Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) card holders and students to enter the country.

Key Points:

  • As of Aug. 24, foreign nationals who hold APEC business travel cards can enter the country to conduct business activities without having to apply for a new visa. Previously, APEC card holders were required to apply for special permission to enter China.
  • Foreign nationals who hold valid student residence permits can enter the country without having to apply for a new visa. Foreign nationals can also apply for a new X1 or S1/2 visa to enter the country.
  • More information regarding the latest visa requirements for foreign national students in China is available here. Those traveling to China should ensure they adhere to current COVID-19 entry requirements.

BAL Analysis: APEC card holders and foreign students will now be able to enter China without having to apply for special permission to enter. Chinese authorities continue to lift border measures put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic as the virus situation improves around the world. Travelers are reminded that entry requirements may change with little or no notice.

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