China willing to issue visas to foreigners, Pakistanis, who have taken Chinese vaccination
China is self-assured to ease border restrictions to permit some foreigners which include the United States, India, and Pakistan back in, on condition that they have taken a Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccine.
The country has been restricted the entry to most foreigners since last March to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It has widely controlled the spread reception, stranding many foreigners with jobs and family inside China overseas.
But Chinese embassies in many countries have issued notifications stating the country will open visa applications only to specific those who have taken a China-made vaccination.
The US Chinese Embassy stated in a statement on Monday that it would commence processing visa applicants immunized with Chinese Covid-19 vaccines.
This would apply from this week to those visiting China for work resumption, business travel, or reuniting with family members.
Beijing is going ahead with its vaccination plan for its huge population with four domestically produced jabs approved until now. But it has yet to approve any foreign-made vaccines.
The country has also delivered its vaccines abroad to blunt the foreign criticism of the initial spread of the virus from its shores.
According to the embassy, this would apply to those who either had two doses of the vaccine or a single-dose at least 14 days before applying for the visa.
Chinese embassies in India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Italy, and Sri Lanka have issued similar statements.
Those wishing to travel to China will still have to experience an exhausting quarantine of up to three weeks.
Chinese vaccines have been initiated in many countries across the globe, including Turkey, Indonesia, and Cambodia. The Philippines received 600,000 vaccine doses from China two weeks ago, commencing its immunisation drive. But they’re not readily available everywhere, including in India or Sri Lanka.