A policy restricting the issuing and renewing of Chinese passports is part of a government plan to minimise the spread of the Delta variant within China’s borders. There is no indication when the policy will be relaxed. Photo: Shutterstock Images A policy restricting the issuing and renewing of Chinese passports is part of a government plan to minimise the spread of the Delta variant within China’s borders. There is no indication when the policy will be relaxed. Photo: Shutterstock Images
A policy restricting the issuing and renewing of Chinese passports is part of a government plan to minimise the spread of the Delta variant within China’s borders. There is no indication when the policy will be relaxed. Photo: Shutterstock Images

Coronavirus: China pauses passport renewals to try to keep Delta variant out

  • Immigration administration says officers are asked to be flexible and grant applications for those who need to study or work abroad
  • Foreign business advocate warns China’s reputation may be harmed if overseas engineers and specialists continue to be blocked from entering

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A policy restricting the issuing and renewing of Chinese passports is part of a government plan to minimise the spread of the Delta variant within China’s borders. There is no indication when the policy will be relaxed. Photo: Shutterstock Images A policy restricting the issuing and renewing of Chinese passports is part of a government plan to minimise the spread of the Delta variant within China’s borders. There is no indication when the policy will be relaxed. Photo: Shutterstock Images
A policy restricting the issuing and renewing of Chinese passports is part of a government plan to minimise the spread of the Delta variant within China’s borders. There is no indication when the policy will be relaxed. Photo: Shutterstock Images

Corrected [3:27pm, 1 Aug, 2021]

  • [3:27pm, 1 Aug, 2021]

    An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the 335,000 passports issued for those who study and work overseas and travel for business was a 2 per cent increase compared to the same time in 2019.

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