China: Resumption of Issuing Visas and Other Immigration Permissions

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points  

  • On 8 January 2023, China will lift several immigration permissions that were introduced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic  


The government of China will reduce restrictions on immigration permissions effective 8 January 2023. These measures will include: 

  • The resumption of accepting and approving ordinary passport applications for Chinese citizens. 
  • Resumption of the processing of endorsements for Chinese mainland residents to visit the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for tourism and business purposes.  
  • Issuing exit and entry permits for foreign nationals intending to enter China.  
  • Resumption of the issuance of ordinary visas, stay permits and resident permits to foreign nationals.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of China will lift several immigration permission restrictions that had been put into place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the government, these measures aim to optimize immigration administration policies in response to the country’s downgrading of pandemic-related restrictions.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of China’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.