Qingming Festival is already a somber time for remembrance of lost loved ones, but this year is especially significant as many in China and abroad have lost their lives to the global coronavirus pandemic.
National flags will be flown at half-mast across China and in consulates and embassies around the world for the day (April 4th). Join in at 10am as people in China observe three minutes of silence to mourn all the lives lost in the ongoing battle against COVID-19. While the people are silent, battle cries from air raid sirens, vehicle horns, trains, and ships will sound in defiance of the virus.
Keep in mind all those who are effected by the coronavirus while you destress and find a moment of peace over the three-day weekend.
In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from 12 a.m., 28 march 2020. Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards will be suspended as well. Policies including port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy, Hainan 30-day visa-free policy, 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries will also be temporarily suspended. Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected. Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Entry by foreign nationals with visas issued after this announcement will not be affected.
The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries. China will stay in close touch with all sides and properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under the special circumstances. The above-mentioned measures will be calibrated in light of the evolving situation and announced accordingly.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
National Immigration Administration
Reference via Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
Hongqiao International Airport has suspended all international flights and flights to and from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan from March 25th.
All relevant flights will be transferred to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Hongqiao International airport will still remain available for flights which require emergency landing.