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 or resident permit 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 ‘work’, ‘personal matters’ or ‘reunions'
Additional entry restrictions in Sanya (SYX) and Haikou (HAK)
- Passengers travelling on China ID cards or PRC passports that show Hubei province as the place of issue, or passengers who have visited the Hubei province in the past 14 days will be denied entry
- All passengers, regardless of nationality, will be subject to the latest quarantine policies
- 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
Additional entry requirements
- All passengers are required to complete a health declaration form prior to their arrival in the Chinese mainland
- 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. Passengers should be referred to the local Chinese mainland embassy for further detail of the requirements and effective date
Additional entry requirement for 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
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.
Transiting through the Chinese mainland
- Passengers are no longer permitted to transit through Beijing Capital International Airport and Xiamen Airport.