The Chinese government has introduced a significant change to its visa application process by eliminating the need for in-person appointments. This policy shift is being rolled out at the Embassy and Consulate level, with each office worldwide adapting its requirements independently.
As of October 20th, the following consulates in different countries have confirmed adjustments to the in-person appointment policy:
Australia: In-person appointments will remain a requirement.
European Union and United Kingdom: Over the next few weeks, the removal of in-person requirements will be gradually implemented, with the majority of consulates no longer mandating appointments after October 23rd.
Hong Kong: In-person appointments are no longer necessary.
Singapore: In-person appointments are no longer necessary.
United States: Specific requirements will vary by office.
This is a dynamic situation, with developments announced in intervals. Notably, earlier in October, China relaxed its visa application prerequisites concerning reporting previous travel and the applicant’s education level. These changes collectively aim to simplify the visa application process, as China strives to rejuvenate international tourism.