For the first time since March 28 this year, China is reopening its borders to some foreign nationals. ESL teachers keen to head back to their classrooms will no-doubt want to know how they can return to China and, more importantly, how they can survive centralised quarantine.
It’s important to note that 14 day centralised quarantine isn’t an absolute given. Some provinces have implemented different regulations.
In a few places, those who enter the country and test negative for COVID can quarantine at home for 7 days of their 14-day quarantine, if they have a fixed abode and meet requirements. So far, this has been an available option in Shanghai and the neighbouring provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Anhui. If you live in these areas, it doesn’t mean EVERYONE will have the option to quarantine at home, but the signs suggest it’s becoming more commonplace.
First up, though, let’s see how you can return to China.
Who can return to China?
China has opened its doors to citizens of 36 European and 13 Asia countries and is operating direct flights from 30 countries.
For the most part, the authorities are only granting entry permission to holders of valid residency permits and this includes permits for family reunions. A residency permit is what you secure once you arrive in China with a Z Visa – the only legal working visa that will allow you to teach and live in the country.
There are reports of NEW teachers (those who’ve never taught in China before) being offered visas and the associated PU letters. This seems to be outside the Tier 1 cities and there doesn’t seem to be any official policy…. Yet.
Some teachers are returning on Business (M) visas and then attempting to move to a Z visa when they get to China. Getting a business visa involves getting an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China and a PU letter. Getting a PU letter and being successful depends on the industry type and location.
Had you secured a Z Visa and a teaching job position before COVID restrictions were introduced? Some entry exceptions are being made for those with valid work visas so contact us for more details. We may just be able to help you get to China!