Effective March 28, entry is suspended for foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits that were valid up to the suspension.

Key Points:

  • The suspension includes port visas, visa-free transit and visa-free policies for tour groups.
  • Entry of foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards is suspended.
  • Diplomatic, courtesy, service and C visas are not affected by the ban.
  • Visas issued after the suspension announcement are not affected by the ban.
  • Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or for emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates.
  • Effective March 29, foreign airlines must have only one air route to China and operate no more than one flight per week. Flights cannot carry more than 75% of their passenger capacity.
  • Effective March 24, all travelers arriving in Shenzhen ports must undergo a nucleic acid test for COVID-19.
  • Effective March 26, all travelers arriving in Shanghai must undergo 14 days of quarantine.
  • Effective March 27, all travelers arriving in Guangdong (including travelers arriving from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and travelers in transit) must undergo a 14-day medical observation and a nucleic acid test for COVID-19.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should anticipate significant disruptions to employee mobility. The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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