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As we all know, the state immigration administration of the Ministry of foreign affairs of the People's Republic of China issued a heavy message on September 23, 2020.
Effective from 0 a.m., 28 September 2020, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunion are allowed to enter China with no need for applying for new visas. If the above three categories of residence permits held by foreign nationals expired after 0 a.m., 28 March 2020, the holders may apply for relevant visas by presenting the expired residence permits and relevant materials to the Chinese embassies or consulates on the condition that the purpose of the holders’visit to China remains unchanged. The above-mentioned personnel shall strictly abide by the Chinese regulations on epidemic prevention and control.
Other measures in the Announcement issued on March 26 will continue to be implemented. While ensuring effective epidemic control, the Chinese government will continue resuming people-to-people exchanges in a step-by-step and orderly manner.
In short, according to the announcement on September 23, foreigners want to enter China:
From 0 a.m., 28 September 2020, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunion are allowed to enter China directly.
If the above three categories of residence permits held by foreign nationals expired after 0 a.m., 28 March 2020, the holders may apply for relevant visas by presenting the expired residence permits and relevant materials to the Chinese embassies or consulates on the condition that the purpose of the holders’visit to China remains unchanged. (please contact the local embassy or consulate for confirmation of the materials mentioned above.)
Those who only hold a visa (issued before 0:00 on March 26, 2020), or those who hold valid residence permit but are not for work, personal matters and reunion are not included in the adjustment scope announced on September 23, can't enter yet.
So, can foreigners who do not have the above three kinds of valid residence permits be allowed to enter China?
The answer is yes, but need invitation letter(PU letter).
Through the interpretation of the announcement on March 26 and the announcement on September 23, we can find that entry with diplomatic, official, courtesy and C visa will not be affected. Foreigners who come to China to engage in necessary economic, trade, scientific and technological activities, and for urgent humanitarian needs, may apply for a visa from Chinese embassies and consulates abroad. Entry of foreigners with a visa issued after the announcement will not be affected.
Moreover, in response to the announcement on temporary suspension of entry of foreigners holding valid Chinese visa and residence permit issued by the state immigration administration on March 26, it was mentioned that "foreigners who come to China to engage in necessary economic and trade, scientific and technological activities, and for urgent humanitarian needs, may apply for a visa from Chinese embassies and consulates abroad". According to the spirit of the relevant documents of the higher authorities, in order to ensure the need for the resumption of work and production in our province, foreign economic, trade and scientific and technological personnel may apply to the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office (Department of Commerce) for invitation letters to China through the local foreign affairs (Commerce) department.
With the change of the epidemic situation, China is gradually relaxing the entry restrictions for foreigners. First, in August this year, China relaxed entry restrictions on citizens of 36 European countries with valid Chinese residence permits, allowing them to apply for visa applications in China without invitation letter.
Then on September 23, the State Administration of immigration issued an announcement to allow foreigners holding valid residence permits for Chinese work, personal matters and reunion to enter the country, and the relevant personnel did not need to apply for a new visa. Therefore, whether foreigners without the above three kinds of valid residence permits can also enter China, the answer is yes. However, these foreigners who do not hold the above three kinds of valid residence permits still need to apply for an invitation letter to China. As for how to handle the invitation letter, you can contact us at any time.
上述所说的来华邀请函就是PU letter，但是曾经有外国友人问到那TE letter不也是来华邀请函吗？
The above-mentioned invitation letter to China is Pu letter. However, some foreign friends once asked whether TE letter is also an invitation letter to China?
Today, by the way, we would like to share the differences between Pu and TE invitation letters in detail.
Pu letter (hereinafter referred to as "business visa invitation letter") is used to apply for commercial and trade purposes in China.
Te letter (hereinafter referred to as "business visa invitation letter") , it refers to the invitation to come to China for exchange, visit, investigation, etc.
The contents of PU and TE invitation letter are the same in the template, but there are differences in the reasons. The entry stay time of the two business visas can be applied for (30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 180 days, etc.) according to the business documents of both parties, and the foreign affairs office will evaluate and issue them.
As we have just said, the invitation letter for foreigners who do not have the three kinds of valid residence permits to enter China generally refers to Pu letter. Pu invitation letter is approved by the local foreign affairs office. There are many application departments and strict requirements on the scale and nature of enterprises. Ordinary small and micro enterprises or small and medium-sized enterprises do not pay taxes or have no overseas business. Generally, they are not approved. There are a lot of materials. If you do not know how to prepare the materials in the process of business invitation, you are welcome to contact us for consultation.