US To China Travel Restrictions, Flights News & Travel Ban In 2021 – Advisory & Requirements

This page was last updated on 03 November, 2021.


At a Glance

Most travelers from United States are not allowed to enter China yet.
Source: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

China: Closed for Travel

Entry restricted for international travelers
Most international travelers are not allowed to enter or transit through mainland China.

Details and Exemptions:Entry restrictions do not apply to:
-Chinese citizens;
-Diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visas;
-International travelers coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates.
Source: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

14 days quarantine

Mandatory 14-day quarantine
Travelers are subject to health checks (likely involving nucleic acid or swab tests), including during transit, followed by a 14-day quarantine at a government-selected facility or hotel at the traveler’s expense. During this period follow-up swab tests are likely to take place. Those failing health checks may be sent to a designated hospital for treatment.

Travelers entering Beijing will be subject to an additional 7-day quarantine and 7-day health surveillance.

Source: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

COVID-19 test required

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results
All travelers must have COVID-19 RT-PCR nucleic acid and IgM antibody test results. The test must be taken a maximum of 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the last direct flight to mainland China. Travelers must also apply for a green health code with the “HS” mark or a certified health declaration form from the Chinese consulate in the country of origin before boarding the flight.

Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates.

Please see the source and additional form for details on test results wording and specifications as there are specific requirements for those.

Details and Exemptions:IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted.

The COVID-19 RT-PCR nucleic acid test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify the sampling method.

Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood, and another sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
Source: Chinese Embassy in the United States

Other Things to Take Note Of

Health screening on arrival
All travelers are subject to health checks on arrival (likely involving nucleic acid or swab tests).

Source: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Required Documents for your Trip

Mandatory health declaration form before arrival
All travelers entering mainland China are required to submit a health declaration form, which can be done with an online form or via WeChat. Travelers are required to declare their health information a maximum of 24 hours before their entry.

Alternatively, the China Customs mobile app can be used for nationalities where WeChat is not available.

Details and Exemptions:To make the declaration with WeChat, travelers should search for “passenger fingertip service” within the app. Once the declaration is complete a QR code will be generated which can be scanned by immigration.

Source: US Embassy for China
Document: Complete online
Document: Get mobile app