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Eight-Week Wait for Visas to Europe Slows China’s Reopening

  • Visa centers struggle to get up to speed after curbs dropped
  • German visa issuance slows while China imposes restrictions

China’s rapid dismantling of Covid restrictions caught some embassies and consulates in the country off guard and understaffed, leading to complications in issuing visas and delaying the resumption of international business activity. 

Joerg Wuttke, head of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, said some Chinese executives are waiting as long as six to eight weeks to get business visas to travel to Europe. Prior to the pandemic, typical applications could be completed sometimes in a matter of days.