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China mandates Chinese vaccine for foreign national visas

17 March 2021

A notice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong has outlined a new visa application process that mandates Chinese-made vaccines for inbound travellers.

The notice states that from 15 March foreign nationals and their family members visiting mainland China for work and production in various fields, people traveling for emergency humanitarian needs, and holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for a visa if they have been inoculated with Covid-19 vaccines produced in China.

It stipulates individuals must have either received two doses of Chinese-made vaccines with the mandated gap in between or have received a single-dose Chinese-made vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application. All applicants must have a vaccination certificate. 

Proof of a negative Covid-19 test and a Health and Travel Record Declaration Form for visa application are no longer required.

Read the full notice here.