CHINA: Restrictions on Travelers from Japan, South Korea

January 12, 2023

Following China’s reopening of its border on 09 January, and abrupt shift on COVID infections control, a number of countries issued their own new entry requirements for travelers from China, including Hong Kong and Macau. Generally, these countries are requiring a negative COVID-19 test within 48 or 72 hours prior to departure for travelers coming from China, Hong Kong, or Macau. The countries in scope are: Germany, Netherland, Australia, Canada, France, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

But, due to concern over rising COVID rates in China, the government of South Korea stopped issuing tourist visas to Chinese citizens. In return, Chinese consular posts in Japan and South Korea have suspended issuing Chinese visas of various kinds to Japanese and South Korean citizens. A full list of current restrictions on Chinese travelers by country can be found here.

As of 09 January, the government of China was granting foreign visitors visas for Business (M visa), Work Permits (Z visa), Family Visit/Family Reunion visas, Flight Crew, and some student visas. The expectation is that the Chinese government will begin issuing Tourist visas again in the near future.


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We will continue to update the entry requirements to China, as well as the entry requirements imposed on Chinese travelers by some popular countries. Please continue to follow this blog, and our social media channels for up-to-date information.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.