China has relaxed entry conditions for citizens of 36 European countries. Those who already have a Chinese residence permit can now obtain a visa more easily.
Some Europeans with Chinese residence permits have been stranded abroad in the past four months as a result of the corona pandemic after China closed its borders to most Europeans.
China, where the new coronavirus first emerged at the end of 2019, closed its borders in late March when the epidemic came to a halt domestically but spread to many countries.
Foreigners with a Chinese residence permit were stranded outside the country when they could not return to China.
Several Chinese embassies in Europe, including the Chinese embassy in the Netherlands, published a statement on their website on Wednesday stating that people with a valid residence permit can now “apply for a Chinese visa for free”.
Since the end of March, some foreigners such as diplomats, business people, technicians or teachers have been able to return to China. However, a letter of invitation from the local authorities as required. It was difficult to obtain, and the visa had to be paid.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the new coronavirus has been diagnosed in 88,939 people in China. In the country, 4,693 people have died as a result of infection with the lung virus.