Internationals who own valid Chinese residence work permits will be eligible to enter the country without the need to apply for a new visa, starting from September 28, the Chinese Foreign Ministry and National Immigration Administration has announced.

The decision comes after China started to relax visa policies for some internationals, after ensuring that the Coonavirus situation permits such a move to be undertaken, VisaGuide.World reports.

China’s government also announced that persons who wish to enter the country for personal issues, as well as family reunions, will also be permitted to enter the country without the need to apply for a new visa first.

“The personnel mentioned above 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,” the statement published by the Chinese Foreign Ministry and National Immigration Administration reads.

Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Wuhan and further in the world, China closed its doors to almost all international arrivals, in an effort to stop the further spread of the COVID-19.

The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had previously announced that it had temporarily suspended the entry for internationals who held visas or residence permits and also banned the entry for internationals who owned business travel cards.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, China has registered a total of 85,322 Coronavirus cases of infections, while more than 4,600 persons have died.

According to the statistics published by the website Worldometers, a total of 80,522 persons have been recovered from the deadly virus, while currently there are 166 active cases in China.

Earlier this month, China announced that it would introduce new visa restrictions for international journalists who work for the United States media organizations, in China. The decision was a “reciprocal” movement of China towards the United States after the latter decided to limit the duration of stay for a large share of journalists from China, in May.

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