In response to media inquiries, the spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR said that since early this year, in order to support China’s high-quality development and high-level opening-up, as well as Hong Kong’s integration into the overall development of the country, the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR has been improving visa policies, making all-out efforts to ensure unimpeded channels for Non-Chinese Hong Kong residents to travel to the Mainland.
The spokesperson pointed out that following the decision to manage COVID-19 with measures against Class-B infectious diseases, competent departments of the country rolled out a number of facilitation measures, resumed the issuance of port visas, visa-free transit, visa exemption for certain regions, the use of multiple-entry visas issued before the pandemic, part of the unilateral visa-free policies and allowed foreigners holding virtual APEC Business Travel Cards to enter China. Starting from 8th January, the Office of the Commissioner immediately resumed the issuance of multiple-entry visas. Starting from 15th March, Tourist visas were resumed to be issued. A number of measures have been adopted to improve visa issuance efficiency such as increasing manpower, extending working hours and optimizing workflows. Green Track have been provided for applicants with important and urgent business or humanitarian affairs. Starting from 10th August，temporary exemption from fingerprints collection was provided for eligible applicants for business, tourism and family-visiting purposes. In addition, the Office of the Commissioner provides further visa facilitation, at present eligible Non-Chinese Hong Kong permanent residents and Non-Chinese Hong Kong residents who are traveling to the mainland for business, tourism and family-visiting purposes can apply for multiple-entry visas valid for up to 5 years and 2 years, respectively.
The spokesperson said that going forward, the Office of the Commissioner will continue to work actively to create favorable conditions and provide more facilitation for Non-Chinese Hong Kong residents to travel to the mainland.