Date Updated

01/20/2022

  • COVID-19 Testing Requirements Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers

    • The following requirements apply to those traveling from the United States instead of the requirements above:

    • Submission of the test result to the Chinese consular post in order to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form;

    • The Chinese consulates are only accepting nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody test reports from designated laboratories; and

    • Travelers must be fully vaccinated at the time of filing their visa application (considered to be two weeks after their last COVID-19 vaccination dose) and must provide proof of vaccination when filing.

    • The following applies to passengers bound for China via a connecting flight from the United States:

    • Nucleic acid and IgM anti-body test in the United States within 48 hours of boarding;

    • Both tests must be taken a second time in the passenger's last transit country within 48 hours before boarding their plane to China;

    • Passengers must apply from a Chinese consular post in both countries (the United States and the last transit country) for a green health code with the "HS" mark or must obtain a certified health declaration form with their certificates of negative results of both tests;

    • Chinese passengers must upload the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body results to the WeChat Health Code app, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the United States. They will then receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding; and

    • Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates, which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.

    • Travelers from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the United Kingdom are required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test 7 days prior to departure (14 days for Saudi Arabia) and those with a negative test result must quarantine at home and take a second test for both PCR and IgM readings at another testing center within 48 hours from boarding. Travelers with a positive test result will be required to submit additional requirements such as additional test results and will be reevaluated by the embassies in these countries. The countries listed are subject to change. Passengers on flights to China from these countries must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken at a designated facility within 2 days of boarding.

    • The double-COVID-19 test process now applies to most passengers flying to China. Travelers should check with their immigration provider/Chinese consular post prior to travel to determine if they will be required to undergo this process. Fragomen's Global Consular teams can coordinate and support this process.

    • Passengers will be denied boarding if they fail to meet relevant requirements. Passengers who provide false documents and information may face penalties. Non-vaccinated Travelers

    • The following applies to passengers bound for China via a connecting flight from the United States:
    - Nucleic acid and IgM anti-body test in the United States within 48 hours of boarding;
    - Both tests must be taken a second time in the passenger's last transit country within 48 hours before boarding their plane to China;
    - Passengers must apply from a Chinese consular post in both countries (the United States and the last transit country) for a green health code with the "HS" mark or must obtain a certified health declaration form with their certificates of negative results of both tests;
    - Chinese passengers must upload the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body results to the WeChat Health Code app, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the United States. They will then receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding; and
    - Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates, which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding. Quarantine Requirements Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers

    • Chinese embassies in Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and Indonesia are implementing stricter measures for those persons traveling to China. Travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days prior to travel and provide additional documents such as the relevant quarantine declaration form. The list of embassies requiring these measures may be expanded.

    • 14-day quarantine at a government facility for all travelers entering Guangzhou (including Hong Kong SAR residents, Macao SAR residents and residents from the Taiwan region, as well as transiting passengers). Such travelers must also undergo a COVID19 nucleic acid test.

    • International travelers entering Shanghai must undergo 14-day quarantine in government facility plus 7-day community-based health monitoring and have a COVID-19 nucleic acid test on the 1st, 4th, 7th, 14th, 16th and 21st day of arrival.

    • International travelers entering Shanghai must undergo a 7-day quarantine at a government facility followed by a 7-day home quarantine if certain conditions are met. The below rules also apply:
    - For those whose destinations are Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces, they will be transported after seven days quarantine at a government facility in Shanghai to their destinations to continue their quarantine under the condition that their nucleic tests on the fifth day are negative;
    - Those whose destinations are other parts of China will still be placed under 14-day quarantine at a government facility in Shanghai;
    - Home quarantine for seniors, juveniles, pregnant women and the disabled if they test negative for COVID-19 upon entry and if they have appropriate quarantine quarters.
    - Diplomats and those entering Shanghai who engage in activities designated by the government as important economic, trade, scientific research and technical activities, may be subject to specific other quarantine regulations;
    - 14-day quarantine at a government facility plus 14-day home quarantine for all travelers entering Beijing, Hangzhou, Chendu. Chongqing, Nanjing, Shenyang, Ningbo and Nanning.
    - 14-day quarantine at a government facility plus 7-day home quarantine for all travelers entering Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Wuxi and Xiamen; and
    - 14-day quarantine at a government facility for all travelers entering Shanghai.

    • Due to a travel bubble between South Korea and Mainland China, South Korean nationals re-entering Mainland China are not subject to a 14-day quarantine.

    • Due to a Fast Lane agreement between Mainland China and Singapore, travelers from Singapore entering Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces must apply for a visa prior to travel and are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement but are subject to a COVID-19 test prior to travel, followed by another test upon arrival.

    • Individuals residing in certain areas in Tianjin and Shanghai who must leave those areas despite the domestic travel restriction must obtain a negative Covid-19 test obtained within seven days before departure. Travelers may also have to undergo a Covid-19 test after landing and may be subject to quarantine for 2 to 14 days depending on the local authorities' requirements. Travelers are advised to check with local authorities, airlines and destination hotels for more information on the specific requirements before departing the affected area; and

    • Individuals leaving Shanghai and Tianjin, even if they have not been to these Medium Risk Areas subject to destination city's requirements, may also be subject to additional medical and quarantine measurements as their "Travel Code" APP may show red. Non-vaccinated Travelers

    • Chinese embassies in Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and Indonesia are implementing stricter measures for those persons traveling to China. Travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days prior to travel and provide additional documents such as the relevant quarantine declaration form. The list of embassies requiring these measures may be expanded.

    • 14-day quarantine at a government facility for all travelers entering Guangzhou (including Hong Kong SAR residents, Macao SAR residents and residents from the Taiwan region, as well as transiting passengers). Such travelers must also undergo a COVID19 nucleic acid test.

    • International travelers entering Shanghai must undergo 14-day quarantine in government facility plus 7-day community-based health monitoring and have a COVID-19 nucleic acid test on the 1st, 4th, 7th, 14th, 16th and 21st day of arrival.

    • International travelers entering Shanghai must undergo a 7-day quarantine at a government facility followed by a 7-day home quarantine if certain conditions are met. The below rules also apply:
    - For those whose destinations are Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces, they will be transported after seven days quarantine at a government facility in Shanghai to their destinations to continue their quarantine under the condition that their nucleic tests on the fifth day are negative;
    - Those whose destinations are other parts of China will still be placed under 14-day quarantine at a government facility in Shanghai;
    - Home quarantine for seniors, juveniles, pregnant women and the disabled if they test negative for COVID-19 upon entry and if they have appropriate quarantine quarters.
    - Diplomats and those entering Shanghai who engage in activities designated by the government as important economic, trade, scientific research and technical activities, may be subject to specific other quarantine regulations;
    - 14-day quarantine at a government facility plus 14-day home quarantine for all travelers entering Beijing, Hangzhou, Chendu. Chongqing, Nanjing, Shenyang, Ningbo and Nanning.
    - 14-day quarantine at a government facility plus 7-day home quarantine for all travelers entering Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Wuxi and Xiamen; and
    - 14-day quarantine at a government facility for all travelers entering Shanghai.

    • Due to a travel bubble between South Korea and Mainland China, South Korean nationals re-entering Mainland China are not subject to a 14-day quarantine.

    • Due to a Fast Lane agreement between Mainland China and Singapore, travelers from Singapore entering Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces must apply for a visa prior to travel and are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement but are subject to a COVID-19 test prior to travel, followed by another test upon arrival.

    • Individuals residing in certain areas in Tianjin and Shanghai who must leave those areas despite the domestic travel restriction must obtain a negative Covid-19 test obtained within seven days before departure. Travelers may also have to undergo a Covid-19 test after landing and may be subject to quarantine for 2 to 14 days depending on the local authorities' requirements. Travelers are advised to check with local authorities, airlines and destination hotels for more information on the specific requirements before departing the affected area; and

    • Individuals leaving Shanghai and Tianjin, even if they have not been to these Medium Risk Areas subject to destination city's requirements, may also be subject to additional medical and quarantine measurements as their "Travel Code" APP may show red.


  • • The government has ordered the lockdown of the region of Xi’an starting effective immediately. Immigration authorities such as the Public Security Bureau, Foreign Expert Bureau and immigration Medical Center are closed until further notice, and all in-person Work and Residence Permit application acceptance and processing has been suspended. Foreign nationals in Xi’an with Visas and Residence Permits that expire during the lockdown will not be regarded as staying illegally – renewal applications can be submitted when authorities resume operations. Employers can continue to file online work permit applications, but government processing may be delayed.

    • Suspension of business and tourist visa endorsements for Hong Kong SAR.

    • Tourist visa endorsements for Macau SAR has reopened for Zhuhai citizens and those in Mainland China.

    • Certain work authorization applications may require applicants to be physically in Mainland China

    • China's Foreign Ministry has stated that China has withdrawn permission for the United States to establish and operate a U.S. consulate general in Chengdu.

    • Suspension of issuance of invitation letters for dependents in most areas in China.

    • Foreign nationals who have received Chinese vaccines and hold a vaccination certificate may apply for a China entry visa without the requisite invitation letter.

    • Temporary suspension of travel document issuance for Chinese citizens without emergency needs.

    • Based on practice observations, the Shanghai local Foreign Affairs Office is accepting PU invitation letter applications for dependents, though decisions are highly discretional and there is no guarantee of approval.
    - Applicants must submit a COVID-19 vaccination certificate for vaccinations recognized by the World Health Organization with their applications;
    - There may be quotas for dependent PU letter applications and only limited dependent PU letter applications are being processed;
    - Additional document requirements may apply to applications;
    - Applicants must still demonstrate urgency of travel;
    - Processing times may be longer than usual; and
    - The applicant must submit their 28-day travel history with their application. Travel Restrictions

    • Travel into and out of Xi’an city is restricted and all domestic flights have been suspended during the temporary lockdown.

    • Airport border controls are being strictly enforced for oversea flights and travelers.

    • Cross-border movement of non-emergency and unnecessary personnel, entry and exit permits for Chinese citizens have been restricted. Chinese nationals exiting the country for unnecessary and non-urgent reasons, ordinary passports and other exit and entry certificates will not be issued until further notice.

    • Exit and entry will be assessed on a case-by-case basis for nationals applying for travel documents for study, employment and business purposes - documents will be issued only upon confirming the necessity and urgency of travel. Applications for Chinese citizens who participate in international epidemic prevention or economic recovery will be accepted and processed with expedited service.

    • Foreign nationals with valid Mainland Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters or reunion can now enter.

    • Entry ban for foreign nationals holding valid Mainland Chinese visas or other types of residence permits issued on or before March 28, 2020 (including but not limited to APEC Business Travel Cards; port visas; foreign nationals eligible for the 24/72/144- hour visa-free transit policy; Hainan 30-day visa-free policy; 15-day visa-free policy for foreign cruise-groups through Shanghai Port; Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR; Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries). Foreign nationals with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas are not affected by the entry ban.

    • Foreign nationals entering Mainland China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese consular posts as they can no longer use a re-entry visa, as they could prior to COVID-19.

    • Entry ban for foreign nationals entering from Bangladesh, Belgium Ethiopia, India, Italy, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom who hold Chinese visas or residence permits issued on or before November 3, 2020. Affected travelers should contact their immigration professional for specific guidance.

    • Foreign nationals traveling from France who hold a valid residence permit (with the purpose of work, personal matter and reunion) can travel to China (without requiring a new Chinese visa application).

    • Foreign nationals in Canada who hold a valid residence permit (with the purpose of work, personal matter and reunion) issued on or before January 30, 2021 cannot return to China.

    • Entry ban for foreign nationals in South Africa even those who hold a valid residence permit (with the purpose of work, personal matter and reunion). For emergencies, humanitarian and other reasons requiring travel to China, applicants must email/call the respective consular post to have pre-approval.

    • International direct flights into Beijing have resumed from Austria, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Pakistan, Sweden, and Thailand.

    • The Chinese Embassy and Consulates in South Korea have begun issuing visas to South Korean citizens to allow them to work or study in China. The following rules apply:
    - Applicants holding a valid Chinese residence permit can apply for a visa in accordance with the purpose of the residence permit;
    - Students can apply for a student visa with “Visa Application Form for Foreign Students to China” (JW201 or JW202 Form) and school admission notice; and
    - Employees without a valid residence permit can use the Notification Letter of Work Permit to apply for a Z visa.
    - The Chinese Embassy in Singapore has begun issuing visas to Singapore citizens whose parent/spouse is a Chinese citizen and currently in China.

    • The 'China-Japan Fast Track' has been launched to allow business travel between the two countries.

    • Foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunion can enter China with no need to apply for a new visa. If the above three categories of residence permits held by foreign nationals expired after March 28, 2020, the holders may apply for relevant visas by presenting the expired residence permits and relevant materials to the Chinese embassies or consulates on the condition that the purpose of the holders’ visit to China remains unchanged.

    • Certain areas in Tianjin and Shanghai have been identified as the COVID-19 Medium Risk Areas and individuals residing in these areas are restricted from traveling outside of Shanghai or Tianjin. If domestic travel is necessary, the traveler must carry a negative Covid-19 test obtained within 7 days before departure. Travelers may be requested to take a Covid-19 test after landing and may be subject to quarantine for 2-14 days depending on the local authorities' requirements. Travelers are advised to check with local authorities, airlines and destination hotels for more information on the specific requirements before departing Shanghai or Tianjin. Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers

    • Foreign nationals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine produced in China who have a vaccination certificate can apply for a Chinese visa at Chinese consular posts in Macau SAR, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Pakistan, Israel, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Norway, Belarus, Slovakia, Malta and Gabon. The following relaxed rules also apply to the following foreign nationals:

    • Foreign nationals and their family members returning to China to resume work no longer need to provide an Invitation Letter (PU), Invitation Letter (TE) or Invitation Verification Notice issued by the foreign affairs offices or the departments of commerce of the provincial (including autonomous regions and municipalities) governments or the headquarters of central state-owned enterprises;

    • Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents of China, including spouses, parents, children and other close relatives living together (to siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), can now submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives, whereas this entry exception was not previously available; and

    • Holders of valid APEC business travel cards can now apply for an M visa by presenting their original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in China.
  • Yes.
  • Yes, after central quarantine & home health monitoring period. Most of the service apartments don't accept 7day home health monitoring either now.
  • Yes.
  • People are required to wear masks when go to hospital/cinema, take metro or long-distance bus, and are suggested to wear masks in other crowded places. Health Code & Journery Code need to be "green" for people to enter most crowded places. People departing mid/high risk areas shall provide negative nucleic acid test report taken no more than 48hours.


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  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    Yes

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    • Yes, situation is getting better than 2 weeks ago in Shanghai PVG airport. • Import shipments: Instead of 5-7 days, only 2 days is required for cargo distribution.

    Freight Availability/Cost
    Air - Omicron spread is impacting the airfreight market with many flight cancellations
    Sea - Ningbo & Shenzhen port have been partially closed with Tianjin completely closed due to COVID. Carriers are seeking alternative ports. Expect delays from this port. Expect space to be very tight prior to Chinese New Year on 31st January

    Road Availability
    Normal service 

    Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
    • No

Entry Restrictions

Partially Restricted

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