Will the new Chinese visa law affect teaching in China?

Teaching in China can be permitted under certain rules. If you wish to teach in China, you need to follow the regulations that define the corresponding rules. Recently, China’s foreign ministry has announced that it is conducting a trial of visa-free travel for citizens from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia.  If you travel visa-free to China and wish to teach in China, you need to be attentive, and find out if teaching in China is permitted accordingly.

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How long will the new policy last?

This trial will last for a year, starting from December 2023 to November 30, 2024. During this period, ordinary passport holders from these countries can travel or do business in China without a visa for up to 15 days. The spokeswoman Mao Ning stated that this initiative is aimed at promoting China’s high-quality development and opening up.

Are there any restrictions regarding travelling to China?

It is necessary to obtain a relevant visa for China based on the purpose of your visit and stay in China pursuant to the up-to-date regulations. China had imposed strict travel restrictions in March 2020, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

For three years, China had some of the world’s strictest Covid curbs, with travel restrictions, numerous lockdowns, and frequent testing requirements. Its zero-Covid policy, which hit the economy hard, was only lifted last December (2). It was only in March 2023 that China began issuing all types of visas again.

Before the pandemic, tens of millions of international visitors came to China each year (2).

Are there any restrictions regarding teaching in China?

There are eligibility criteria from the Chinese government that apply to teaching in China.

You can find more about the eligibility criteria if you click here.

Is teaching in China allowed under the new trial rules? Or, can you teach in China under the new trial policy?

If you travel visa-free to China under the new rules and simultaneously want to work in China, teach in China, you need to obtain a work visa, or Z visa for this.

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Why can’t you teach in China under the new trial policy?

Not every visa grants a right to work in China. It is worth noting that most travellers require a visa to enter China. However, there are some rare exceptions, such as citizens of Singapore and Brunei, who are entering China for business, tourism, family visits, and transit for no more than 15 days (3).

Clearly the “Z” visa (required for working in China) will remain unchanged, the trial non-visa period of 15 days is in fact shorter than the normal “holiday visa” which is 30 days.

How can you get a Z visa to teach in China?

Go to Pioneer & Beyond’s Work Visa Section for your country to find out the details. You can also check eligibility criteria from the Chinese government if you click here. We are securing positions for teachers since 2015. We’ll help you to obtain a work visa, Resident and Work permits in China.