China

Border Entry 🚫 - Restrictions ⚠️
  • Entry Requirements

    • 🏠 Quarantine - ✅ Yes, quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

    • 📋 Test - 🔅 Negative PCR test is required for all countries.

    • 😷 Masks - 🔅 Masks are recommended

  • Internal Restrictions

    • 🎊 Events - ⚠️ Events of more than 4 people banned

    • 🏔 Attractions - 🚫 Open

    • 🚎 Transportation - ✅ Operational

    • 🛒 Shopping - ✅ Open

    • 🍔 Restaurants - ✅ Fully Open

Internal Restrictions

COVID-19 precautions and preventative measures vary from location to location. Grocery stores, restaurants, and hospitals are operating. Large gatherings are common.

Internal Restrictions: January 23, 2020 - PRESENT

Entry Requirements

China has imposed massive travel restrictions, including temporary closure of airports and travel alerts for citizens to other places across the country, to contain the spread of the Delta variant. All 31 provincial-level regions in the Chinese mainland have urged citizens not to go to medium and high-risk areas for COVID-19 or leave the provinces where they live unless it is necessary. Twenty-three railway stations have halted ticket sales for Beijing-bound passengers departing from these stations, said Cui Wei, an official with China Railway Beijing Group Co. Ltd. on Tuesday. The Chinese capital has suspended 13 pairs of trains to Nanjing and Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province, Zhengzhou in Henan Province and Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province. Travel agencies online and offline should keep track of epidemic information of destinations and not send groups into or receive groups from areas with medium and high COVID-19 risks, said a circular issued Tuesday by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. All flights at the airports in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu, and Yangzhou have been suspended. Nine long-distance bus stations in Nanjing and public bus services in Yangzhou were also suspended.

Border Restrictions: January 23, 2020 - PRESENT

Entry Regulations

Published 20.07.2021 1. Entry by foreign nationals holding a visa is suspended. - This does not apply to: - foreign nationals with a visa issued after 28 March 2020 with the place of issue outside the Mainland of China. They must not arrive from Bangladesh, Belgium, France, India, Italy, Philippines, Russian Fed. and United Kingdom; - foreign nationals with a diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visa; - foreign nationals with a visa issued after 3 November 2020. 2. Entry by foreign nationals with a residence permit is suspended. - This does not apply to: - foreign nationals with a permanent residence permit; - foreign nationals with a residence permit with the purpose 'work', 'personal matters' or 'reunion'. They must not arrive from Bangladesh, Belgium, France, India, Italy, Philippines, Russian Fed. and United Kingdom. 3. Entry by foreign nationals with an APEC Business Travel Card is suspended. 4. Port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy, Hainan 30-day visa-free policy, 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries are suspended. 5. Foreign nationals coming to the mainland of China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. 6. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry. 7. Airline crew of foreign airlines: - are not required to undergo nucleic acid test if they have a short stay after landing then depart immediately, and do not leave apron during the transition; OR - shall receive nucleic acid test in the first port of entry if they need to enter the country to rest or continue to operate domestic routes. The test results will be confirmed by the local government in accordance with the requirements of epidemic prevention management. Only if the test results are negative, crews can continue the operations; OR - are allowed to return to their home country for isolation treatment when agreed by the local joint control mechanism, if they are symptomatic, in close contact with infected persons or tested positive. Airlines and crews shall make all commitments to bear their responsibilities and also carry out strict protections. 8. Passengers must complete an "Exit/Entry Health Declaration Form" and present a QR code before departure. The form can be obtained at http://health.customsapp.com/ . 9. Nationals of China (People's Rep.) must have a green QR code with an 'HS' mark. The code can be obtained from the WeChat App 'Fang Yi Jian Kang Ma Guo Ji Ban' by uploading a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 2 days before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued at most 2 days before departure. Passengers not arriving directly in China (People's Rep.) must repeat both tests in the transit countries and obtain a new green QR code with an 'HS' mark in each transit country. - This does not apply to nationals of China (People's Rep.) arriving from Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, China, Macao SAR, China, United Arab Emirates or USA. 10. Passengers must have a green QR code with an 'HDC' mark. The code can be obtained at https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/ with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 2 days before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued at most 2 days before departure. Passengers not arriving directly in China (People's Rep.) must repeat both tests in the transit countries and obtain a new green QR code with an 'HDC' mark in each transit country. - This does not apply to nationals of China (People's Rep.). - This does not apply to passengers arriving from Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, China, Macao SAR, China, United Arab Emirates or USA. 11. Nationals of China (People's Rep.) arriving directly from the USA must have a green QR code with an 'HS' mark. The code can be obtained from the WeChat App 'Fang Yi Jian Kang Ma Guo Ji Ban' by uploading a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 2 days before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued at most 2 days before departure. Passengers not arriving directly in China (People's Rep.) must repeat both tests in the transit countries and obtain a new green QR code with an 'HS' mark in each transit country. Details can be found at http://us.china-embassy.org/eng/notices/t1841416.htm . - This does not apply to passengers younger than 3 years. 12. Passengers arriving directly from the USA must have a green QR code with an 'HDC' mark. The code can be obtained at https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/ with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 2 days before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued at most 2 days before departure. Passengers not arriving directly in China (People's Rep.) must repeat both tests in the transit countries and obtain a new green QR code with an 'HDC' mark in each transit country. Details can be found at http://us.china-embassy.org/eng/notices/t1841416.htm . - This does not apply to nationals of China (People's Rep.). - This does not apply to passengers younger than 3 years. 13. Nationals of China (People's Rep.) arriving directly from United Arab Emirates must have a green QR code with an 'HS' mark. The code can be obtained from the WeChat App 'Fang Yi Jian Kang Ma Guo Ji Ban' by uploading: - a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued 14 days before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued 14 days before departure; and - a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 2 days before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued at most 2 days before departure. Details can be found at http://ae.chineseembassy.org/eng/lsyw/t1872245.htm . 14. Passengers arriving directly from United Arab Emirates must have a green QR code with an 'HDC' mark. The code can be obtained at https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/ with: - a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued 14 days before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued 14 days before departure; and - a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 2 days before departure and a negative IgM anti-body test result issued at most 2 days before departure. Details can be found at http://ae.chineseembassy.org/eng/lsyw/t1872245.htm . - This does not apply to nationals of China (People's Rep.). 15. Passengers arriving from Chinese Taipei must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 3 days before departure. 16. Passengers entering Beijing (PEK) from Hong Kong SAR, China must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before departure. 17. Passengers arriving from Macao SAR, China must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before departure.

Last Update: September 6, 2021

Latest Changes

August 13
  • ⚠️ Revised guidelines require people to cover up in crowded venues as cases continue to rise in latest outbreak. SouthChinaMorningPost

August 05
August 02
  • ⚠️ Beijing has cut all rail, bus and air travel with areas that have detected new cases. Only "essential travelers" are allowed. FoxNews

July 30
  • ⚠️ China has stopped issuing and renewing passports for non-urgent purposes to try to minimise travel. SouthChinaMorningPost

July 22
  • ⚠️ China's Nanjing city has started mass COVID-19 testing of its 9.3 million population and suspended a subway line. Reuters

July 21
  • ⚠️ More than 500 flights were cancelled at a major airport in eastern China (Nanjing, Jiangsu province) on Wednesday. SouthChinaMorningPost

July 16
  • ⚠️ Unvaccinated residents in parts of China will be banned from accessing public services including hospitals, schools and nursing homes. CNN

July 14
  • ⚠️ Registration and proof of vaccination will be required to enter places like supermarkets, shopping centres, hospitals, and theatres. SouthChinaMorningPost

July 11
  • ⚠️ Epidemic controls in parts of China’s province of Yunnan were tightened. Counties shut down public venues and scenic areas for a week. SouthChinaMorningPost

July 07
July 05
  • ⚠️ Travel restrictions were imposed on residents in the Chinese border city of Ruili on Monday and a new round of mass testing was started. SouthChinaMorningPost

June 22
  • ⚠️ Beijing is planning to keep its pandemic border restrictions in place for at least another year. TheWallStreetJournal

June 19
  • ⚠️ The airport in Shenzhen said on Sat that anyone entering the premises must show a negative virus test taken within 48 hrs before entry. Reuters

  • ⚠️ Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and part of a city locked down in southern China. SouthChinaMorningPost

June 07
  • ⚠️ Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong are carrying out mass testing and have locked down areas. CNBC

June 05
  • ⚠️ Authorities in the southern Chinese industrial hub of Guangzhou on Saturday imposed more restrictions on business and social activity. Reuters

June 02
  • ⚠️ Guangdong have locked down compounds and streets and ordered some travellers to furnish negative COVID-19 test results. Reuters

May 31
  • ⚠️ China on Monday re-imposed anti-coronavirus travel controls on its southern province of Guangdong. AssociatedPress

  • ⚠️ Anyone who wants to leave the province must show a negative test result from within 72 hours before departure. SouthChinaMorningPost

  • ⚠️ China on Monday re-imposed anti-coronavirus travel controls on its southern province of Guangdong. TimesofIndia

May 29
  • ⚠️ Residents in the city’s Liwen district (Guangzhou) issued stay-at-home orders; businesses are shut, public transport services restricted. SouthChinaMorningPost

May 07
  • ✅ Hong Kong authorities said on Friday residents who have been fully vaccinated can spend a shorter time in quarantine. Reuters

April 30
  • ⚠️ China said on Friday that Air France's weekly passenger service to Shanghai would be suspended for two weeks starting on May 10. Reuters

April 09
March 31
  • ⚠️ China closed the main bridge with Myanmar on Tuesday. Started a one-week lockdown of the Ruili. SouthChinaMorningPost