China (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Fully Open
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 25.02.2021
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 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 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. New requirements effective 23 December 2020 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. New requirements effective 23 December 2020 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. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

China has announced that travellers from 36 European countries will be able to apply for visas to enter China. See the travel restrictions section for further information.

Beijing has partially reopened air travel allowing international flights from 8 countries; Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Sweden. The only passengers permitted to board the flights will be citizens of the country of the flight’s origin or Chinese citizens.

Foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters, and reunion can enter China without applying for new visas – effective from 0 am, September 28, 2020.
 

Lockdown Details

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

Sources

https://www.china-briefing.com/news/chinas-travel-restrictions-due-to-covid-19-an-explainer/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co