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Current rules on business travel to China

July 20, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel

In March 2020 China suspended entry for foreigners; however, now, business travel to China is slowly increasing. 

The current requirements for the business travel visa (M visa) are that you must either have:

  1. an “invitation letter” (known as a PU letter) or 
  2. have a valid APEC business travel card to be able to apply for the M visa. 

In addition, business visitors need to have a Covid jab produced in China and a vaccine certificate. If visitors have received a non-China produced vaccine then they will need a PU letter to apply for the visa. 

Those who are doing essential business for work purposes are able to apply for a PU letter which is issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Offices. The letters usually take around 4-8 weeks to be issued, however it depends on the province and whether further documentation is required.  

On arrival to China, business visitors must follow strict health requirements and in most cases will not be able to travel to another district or region and must be quarantined in a hotel for 14 days.

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require assistance with your corporate, employment or immigration matter, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at or by telephone +44(0) 20 3318 5794.

The information provided does not amount to legal advice.