An update from China on passports, visas as Covid curbs ease | World News - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

An update from China on passports, visas as Covid curbs ease

Dec 28, 2022 12:38 PM IST

Covid In China: The latest decision could send an influx of Chinese tourists to Asia and Europe for Lunar New Year.

China says it will resume issuing ordinary visas and passports in a big step away from Covid curbs that isolated the country for almost three years. The announcement comes ahead of next month’s Lunar New Year holiday and adds to the abrupt changes to China's strict ‘Zero-Covid’ policy.

Covid In China: Security guards wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the Covid-19 pandemic sit at an entrance of a building in Beijing.(AFP)
Covid In China: Security guards wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the Covid-19 pandemic sit at an entrance of a building in Beijing.(AFP)

Read more: Migrants dropped near Kamala Harris' home. It's a message on immigration from…

Unlock exclusive access to the story of India's general elections, only on the HT App. Download Now!

The latest decision could send an influx of Chinese tourists to Asia and Europe for Lunar New Year which presents a danger of the spread of Covid infections as cases surge in China. China stopped issuing visas to foreigners and passports to its own people at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020.

The National Immigration Administration of China said that it will start taking applications for passports for tourists to go abroad from January 8 adding that it will resume issuing approval for tourists and businesspeople to visit Hong Kong as well.

The agency said it will take applications for ordinary visas and residence permits adding that the government will “gradually resume” allowing in foreign visitors.

Read more: Afghan professor defiantly tears up diplomas on TV show: ‘If mother, sister…'

During the pandemic, Chinese with family emergencies or whose work travel was considered important could obtain passports, but students and businesspeople with visas to go to foreign countries were blocked from leaving.

This comes as China has dropped or eased most quarantine, testing and other restrictions within the country, joining other nations in trying to live with the virus instead of stamping out transmission. Earlier, China said it would scrap quarantine requirements for travelers arriving from abroad, also effective January 8.

Discover the complete story of India's general elections on our exclusive Elections Product! Access all the content absolutely free on the HT App. Download now!

Get Latest World News, Israel Iran conflict LIVE along with Latest News from India at Hindustan Times.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    When not reading, this ex-literature student can be found searching for an answer to the question, "What is the purpose of journalism in society?"

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On