Q&As on Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with COVID-19 Vaccines Produced in China
2021/03/24

1. Q: Where can an applicant get inoculated in HKSAR with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China? For an applicant who is a visitor to HKSAR and cannot get access to COVID-19 vaccines produced in China as he/she does not have a resident or permanent resident status, does he/she have to apply for a visa according to the regulations during the pandemic?

A: Regarding COVID-19 vaccination in HKSAR, please consult the Department of Health or visit the HKSAR Government's website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/sim/index.html for further enquiry.

According to the Notice on Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with COVID-19 Vaccines Produced in China issued by the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in HKSAR, visa applicants who have not been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China should still follow the procedure as stated in the Notice on Updated Requirements for Chinese Visa Application During COVID-19 Pandemic and 26 Q&As about Applying for Chinese Visa in Hong Kong SAR During the COVID-19 Pandemic posted on the official website of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in HKSAR.

2. Q: Does an applicant have to be inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine of Sinovac to enjoy the facilitation? Will other vaccines like BioNtech do?

A: Applicants can confirm with vaccination institutions whether the vaccines are produced in China.

The visa facilitation is only applicable to those who have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China, while other applicants should still follow the procedure as stated in the Notice on Updated Requirements for Chinese Visa Application During COVID-19 Pandemic and26 Q&As about Applying for Chinese Visa in Hong Kong SAR During the COVID-19 Pandemic posted on the official website of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in HKSAR.

3. Q: Is the facilitation applicable to Chinese citizens who are holders of HKSAR passports & Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau Residents, or overseas Chinese citizens holding Chinese passports or Travel Documents?

A: The visa facilitation is only applicable to foreigners holding foreign passports who intend to go to the mainland of China. Without a doubt, Chinese citizens holding HKSAR passports & Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau Residents, or overseas Chinese citizens holding Chinese passports or Travel Documents do not need to apply for a visa to China.

4. Q: Will an applicant inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China be exempted from quarantine when he/she enters China?

A: No. The facilitation is only for visa application. While entering the mainland of China, all should abide by relevant regulations on quarantine and observation at the place of entry. The quarantine time is subject to the requirements of the local government. If you want to travel from HKSAR to the mainland, you should follow the prevention arrangement made between HKSAR and relevant province (municipality or autonomous region) of the mainland. For details, please consult relevant department of the HKSAR government or health department of the place of entry.

5. Q: Can applicants with valid Chinese visa or under visa exemption arrangement directly enter the mainland of China after being inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China?

A: According to the announcement jointly issued by the National Immigration Administration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in March 2020, which is still valid, foreigners will be temporarily suspended from entering China with valid Chinese visa, including those under visa exemption arrangement. If anyone wants to enter the mainland of China, he/she must apply for a new visa.

6. Q: Can an applicant apply for a visa in HKSAR if he/she has been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China outside HKSAR?

A: An applicant can apply for a visa in HKSAR by presenting vaccination records if he/she has been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China outside HKSAR. It should be noted that according to the current regulation of HKSAR Government, non-HKSAR residents departing from other countries are prohibited from entering HKSAR. If you are a HKSAR resident, you can apply for a visa to the mainland of China after completing all necessary quarantine and inspection in HKSAR.

7. Q: Can people who temporarily cannot be vaccinated, such as pregnant women, children under 18 years of age, or those with diseases that are not suitable for vaccination, apply for a visa together with a close relative who has been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China?

A: The visa facilitation is only applicable to those who have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China. Other applicants should still follow the procedure as stated in the Notice on Updated Requirements for Chinese Visa Application During COVID-19 Pandemic and 26 Q&As about Applying for Chinese Visa in Hong Kong SAR During the COVID-19 Pandemic posted on the official website of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in HKSAR.

8. Q: I have received in HKSAR the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines produced in China. Can I apply for a visa immediately without waiting for the second dose?

A: No. You can only apply for a visa at least 14 days after receiving two doses of vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine.

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