China Resumes Issuing Visas for Japanese Citizens

On Sunday (Jan. 29), the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo made the decision to resume issuing visas to Japanese citizens.

This ends a countermeasure taken by the Beijing government in response to Japan’s decision to mandate Covid testing for visitors coming from China.

A brief web notification provided by the embassy stated, “Starting today (Jan. 29), the Embassy and the Offices of Consulates-General of the People’s Republic of China will resume issuing ordinary visas for Japanese citizens.”

China stopped providing visas to Japanese nationals on January 10, after Tokyo began requiring people arriving from the mainland to test before travel and upon landing.

For the same reasons, China stopped issuing visas to South Koreans earlier this month. As of Sunday night, the suspension had still not been removed by the Chinese embassy in South Korea.