Travel Restrictions Entering China from the United States

International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Summary

The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from the United States to China.

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Governments are changing their policies rapidly in response to the Omicron variant. We recommend checking in regularly and verifying requirements with the linked sources before making travel plans.

Border Status
RESTRICTED

Entry restricted for international travelers

RESTRICTED

Transit is restricted

Policies
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Cases Per Million
0.04
Increased by-0.05
at 1/27/2022
Vaccinated
87.59%
Increased by0.09%
at 1/21/2022
Return Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers

Border Status

Restricted

Entry restricted for international travelers

Description

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

Travelers who transit through a third country on their way to China must receive a new health code in that country and repeat their pre-departure COVID-19 tests. Travelers should avoid traveling on indirect flights to China and must check with their local Chinese embassy or consulate if direct flights are not available.

More Details

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.
Start Date
11/3/2020
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Restricted

Transit is restricted

Description

International travelers are not allowed to transit through mainland China.

Start Date
11/3/2020
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Visas

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results

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Description

All travelers must have 3 COVID-19 test results. The 1st test must be a COVID-19 RT-PCR nucleic acid test taken 7 days before the scheduled time of departure of the last direct flight. The 2nd test must be another COVID-19 RT-PCR nucleic acid test taken 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the last direct flight, and the 3rd test must be an IgM antibody test taken 48 hours before the scheduled time of departure of the last direct flight.

Travelers must also apply for a green health QR code with the "HS" mark (for Chinese nationals) or "HDC" mark (for foreign nationals), 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.

More Details

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.

Travelers must self-isolate after taking their 1st test and only leave their self-isolation to take their 2nd and 3rd tests before their flight. Upon receiving the reports, travelers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.

Testing Options
  • A Rt Pcr Test Up To 48 hours
  • A Nucleic Acid Test Up To 7 days Before Final Boarding
Relevant Documents and Resources
Start Date
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Mandatory

Mandatory health declaration form before arrival

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Description

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.

More Details

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.

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Mandatory

Mandatory health monitoring form before arrival

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Description

All travelers are required to complete a personal health monitoring form each day for 7 consecutive days after taking their first COVID-19 test 7 days before the scheduled time of departure of their last direct flight.

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On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory 14-day quarantine

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Description

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.

Minimum Number of Days
14 days
Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Health screening on arrival

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Description

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

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COVID-19 Risk Information

Low Risk
COVID-19 transmission is low in China.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
0.04
Increased by-0.05
at 1/27/2022
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
0.00%
Increased by0.00%
at 8/6/2020
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
87.59%
Increased by0.09%
at 1/21/2022
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
1,265,034,000
Increased by1,343,000
at 1/21/2022
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
0.81
Decreased by0.03
at 1/25/2022

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

Throughout China, there are mandatory requirements to check temperatures, use health kit apps, and scan QR codes in order to prove your travel history. These requirements apply to all transportation hubs, hotels, and commercial buildings. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.
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Use of mask

Recommended
Face masks are required in public places and transportation.

Public transportation

Restrictions in place
While most public transportation services are operational between most routes, train services are currently operating at reduced capacity. Passengers can expect temperature checks and health screenings at transportation hubs. QR codes and health kit apps should be downloaded prior to travel. Inter-regional travel remains restricted in some parts of China and passengers may be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine when entering or leaving a high-risk area. Quarantine is enforced on a neighborhood level and procedures vary depending on the severity of the outbreak. Proof of a negative NAT test may also be required when entering or leaving a high-risk area.

Restaurants

Restrictions in place
Restaurants are open. Customers can expect temperature checks and health screenings when entering. Customers may be required to provide their personal information, via a QR registration app, for contact tracing purposes.

Bars

Restrictions in place
Bars are open. Customers can expect temperature checks and health screenings when entering. Customers may be required to provide their personal information, via a QR registration app, for contact tracing purposes.

Nightclubs

Restrictions in place
Nightclubs are open. Customers can expect temperature checks and health screenings when entering. Customers may be required to provide their personal information, via a QR registration app, for contact tracing purposes.

Shops

Restrictions in place
Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing. Opening times may vary due to regional guidelines.

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