Entering the Chinese mainland
Immigration and quarantine requirements
- Foreign nationals with visas issued before 28 March 2020 are not permitted to enter the Chinese mainland.
- Foreign nationals with residence permits or APEC Business Travel Cards are not permitted to enter the Chinese mainland.
Entry restriction exemptions
- Foreigners holding diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas
- Foreign nationals travelling to the Chinese mainland for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities; foreign nationals arriving for emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies/consulates
- Foreign nationals with a visa issued on or after 28 March 2020
- Foreign nationals holding a Chinese mainland Permanent Resident Card
- Foreigners with a Chinese Residence Permit issued by China (People’s Rep.) for the purpose of work, personal matters or reunions
- All passengers are subject to a medical screening and 14-day quarantine
- All passengers entering Beijing will be subject to an additional 7-day quarantine and 7-day health surveillance, following their 14-day mandatory quarantine at the government designated facilitates
- All passengers entering Chengdu, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Xiamen will be subject to an additional 7-day home quarantine, following their 14-day mandatory quarantine at the government designated facilitates
- All visa free transit services have been suspended. This includes the:
- 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy
- Hainan 30-day visa-free policy
- 15-day visa-free policy for foreign cruise group tours through Shanghai Port
- Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR
- Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy for foreign tour groups from ASEAN countries
- Additionally, the visa exemption policy is suspended to nationals of Japan, Singapore and Brunei
- All passengers (including those travelling on a diplomatic basis) departing from/transiting through nominated countries to all destinations in the Chinese mainland, are required to take a nucleic acid COVID-19 test and IgM anti-body tests within 48 hours of the scheduled time of departure of the flight to the Chinese mainland
- The test should be taken at institutions in the city of departure and designated or recognised by relevant Chinese embassies or consulates
- Those who test negative will need apply for a green health code with an “HS” marking or a health declaration letter and present it at check-in prior to acceptance
- As most destinations only accept a medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result in English, please ensure you have the necessary documents ready in order to travel.
- All passengers are required to complete a health declaration form prior to their arrival in the Chinese mainland
Passengers travelling between Hong Kong and Beijing
All passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing will be required to have documentary proof that:
- They have undergone a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within seven days of the scheduled departure time; and that the result of the test was negative
The test report must contains the following information:
- Passenger’s name
- Travel document no.
- Test method
- Specimen collection date and time
- Negative test result
- Test report issue date and time
- Signature of the report issuer
With effect from 15 March 2021, the test report must also contains the specimen collection through either “nasal swab” or “combined nasal and throat swabs” (child age below 6, can use “throat swab” to test for COVID-19)
The document must be in Chinese or English and can be accepted on paper or digital format. (for more details, can be found here)
Passengers who are unable to provide this documentation at check-in will not be accepted for travel.
The Hong Kong SAR Government’s list of recognised laboratories and healthcare institutions that conduct nucleic acid COVID-19 tests can be found here
Post-arrival COVID-19 test requirement
- All passengers will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Xiamen
Transiting through the Chinese mainland
- Passengers are no longer permitted to transit through Beijing, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xiamen Airports.