According to the relevant regulations of China, starting from 6 February 2021, fingerprints of both hands of an visa applicant will be collected at the Chinese Embassy and the two Consulates General in New Zealand.
1. Please be noted that all applicants are requested to go to the Embassy or the Consulate General of his or her consular jurisdiction in person for biometric data collection. Visitors to China are responsible for all the consequences in case of entry rejection due to forged or substituted fingerprints.
2. Exemption is granted to the following categories of applicants:
I. Applicants under the age of 14 or over the age of 70;
II. Diplomatic passport holders, or applicants who are eligible for diplomatic, official and courtesy visas;
III. Applicants holding the same passport with fingerprints collected within 5 years. (The exemption will only be granted when the biometric sticker visa is still identifiable. Otherwise, the exemption will only be granted at the consular office where the fingerprints were originally collected.);
IV. Applicants with all ten fingers mutilated or all ten fingerprints uncollectible.
3. An applicant must complete and print the visa application form through China Online Visa Application system (https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn), and make appointment thereby well ahead of departure. The applicant shall go in person to the Embassy or the Consulate General of his or her consular jurisdiction on the appointed date to submit the printed form and the visa application materials and has his or her finger prints collected.
4. The current procedures of visa applications and eligibility criteria remain unchanged until further notice.
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in New Zealand
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Auckland
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch
29 January 2021