The country's top civil aviation authority said it has set up a green channel to streamline the approval procedure for chartered international passenger flights that are out of work-resumption purposes.
In a notice dated May 25th, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said the establishment of the green channel aims to coordinate epidemic prevention and control work and facilitate economic and social development.
Finance magazine learned from the Civil Aviation Administration, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Germany, the U.K., Italy, France and Switzerland will be allowed to schedule charter flights into China.
Civil aviation expert Lin Zhijie said that these eight countries currently have less new diagnoses of COVID-19. Except for UK, the other seven countries have less than 400 new diagnoses per day, ranking lower than 35 globally.
The first and second chartered flights from Germany arrived in Tianjin and Shanghai on May 30 and June 4, bringing back nearly 400 German executives and their family members.
Two chartered planes belonging to China Southern Airlines brought 136 South Korean technicians and supplies representatives from Seoul to Wuhan, Hubei province, on May 1 as part of a move to restart business and production.
A fast track for British business travelers of key sectors to China has been created in partnership with the British government, Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming has said.
According to Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian, starting June 8th, people from Singapore and six Chinese municipalities and provinces can make essential business or official trips without having to go through the required 14-day quarantine period.
The administrative process for charter flight approval is complicated. First, China must approve the passenger list, and then even if the current residence permit or visa of the passenger has not expired, each passenger must apply for a new China visa to take the chartered flight, according to Jens Hildebrandt, executive director of the north and northeast region of the German Chamber of Commerce in China
包机审批的行政程序很复杂。首先,中国必须通过乘客名单,然后即使当前居留证或乘客没有过期的签证,每个乘客都必须申请新的中国签证包机,执行董事根据Jens Hildebrandt北部和东北部地区的德国Chamber of Commerce in China)