Notice on Updated Requirements for Chinese Visa Application During Covid-19 Pandemic
2020/08/28

Based on the latest situation of Covid-19 prevention and control, the Consular Department of the Commissioner's Office are ready to accept visa applications through the Chinese Visa Application Service Center from applicants who intend to travel to China for any of the following purposes.

1. Applicant (including accompanying spouse and children under the age of 18) visiting China for resumption of operation and production, including for economic, trade, scientific and technological purposes.

An Invitation Letter issued by the Foreign Affairs Office of the provincial government or the provincial department of commerce of the intended place of visit is required. Proof of relationships is also required for accompanying spouse and children under the age of 18.

2. Applicant visiting China for the following emergency humanitarian reasons.

A. Applicant visiting an immediate family member in China (including parents, spouse, children, grandparents, grandchildren) who is in critical medical condition and in need of care, or arrange funeral matters of an immediate family member in China.

Photocopies of a medical certificate or death certificate, proof of relationships (such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, Chinese household registration, certificate letters from the local police bureau in China or notarial certificate of kinship, etc.), and an invitation letter from relatives in China are required.

B. Applicant who is spouse or child under the age of 18 of a Chinese citizen or Chinese Permanent Resident, and intends to visit China for family reunion.

An invitation letter and photocopies of the Chinese Identity Card or the Chinese Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card, proof of relationships and a personal statement explaining the reasons for urgent family reunion are required.

C. Applicant (including accompanying spouse and children under the age of 18) intending to visit China to take care of or support his/her Chinese parents;

An invitation letter from the Chinese parent and photocopies of his/her Chinese Identity Card, proof of relationships and other supporting documents (medical certificate, personal statement explaining parents' situation, etc.) are required.

3. Applicant who qualifies for a crew (C) visa.

4. Applicant who qualifies for a R visa.

Also, applicant applying for a diplomatic or service visa could come directly to the Consular Department of the Commissioner's Office located at China Resources Building (26 Harbour Road, Wan Chai) without prior appointment. A Note Verbale from relevant Consulate General in Hong Kong or branch office of International Organization is required. The Consular Department is temporarily closed to the public, but applicants for diplomatic or service visas will still be accepted during normal business hours.

Special Reminders:

1. Starting from 1 September 2020, the Chinese Visa Application and Service Center will open on every Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to 4pm (public holidays excluded). Applicants are required to make an appointment through the official website of the Visa Application and Service Center before submitting application documents on site. Applications without a valid appointment will NOT be accepted.

Applicants for emergency humanitarian reasons who failed to make online appointments are entitled to a green passage. Please contact the Visa Application and Service Center in advance. (Tel:+852-29921999 Email:hongkongcenter@visaforchina.org) If confirmed, those applicants can submit application directly.

2. ALL applicant is required to provide COVID-19 negative certificate tested within 72 hours, Health and Travel Record Declaration and Health Declaration Form for Visa Application (attached below). Please take necessary pandemic prevention measures on the way and during application.

3. Applicants from European and some Asian countries who hold valid Chinese residence permit may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates in these countries. But this policy does NOT apply in Hong Kong. Please contact corresponding Chinese embassies or consulates for details.

4. Please apply through the Chinese Visa Application and Service Center and its registered agencies and stay away from illegal agencies who involve in price gouging by exaggerating the difficulty for visa applications. If you encounter the above-mentioned illegal agencies, please call the police and also kindly inform the Visa Application and Service Center.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Attachments: 1. Health and Travel Record Declaration

2. Health Declaration Form for Visa Application

Consular Department of the Commissioner's Office

28 August 2020

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