COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• 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.
• Passengers on flights to China from these countries must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken at a designated facility within two days of boarding.
- 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.
- 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 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 embassy only accepts nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody test reports from designated laboratories.
• 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 antibody 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.
- 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.
• 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.
• 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 COVID-19 nucleic acid test.
• International travelers entering Shanghai must undergo 14-day quarantine in a 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 seven-day quarantine at a government facility followed by a seven-day home quarantine if certain conditions are met. The below rules also apply:
- Those whose destinations are Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Anhui provinces, 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.
- 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 reentering 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.
• Immigration authorities accepting applications however, processing delays should be expected especially for new applications.
• For new applications, when applying for an entry visa at the overseas Chinese embassy/consulate, in addition to the documents normally required, a special approval letter (PU letter) is also required as a mandatory supporting document. This letter should be obtained from the local Foreign Affair Offices(FAO). However, the letter will only be issued where the assignee’s trip is deemed essential to China. Moreover, PU letters are generally not being issued for family members.
• Existing visa holders: Starting September 28, 2020, foreign nationals holding a valid Chinese residence permit for work, personal matters or reunion are allowed to enter China without the need to apply for a new entry visa. However, this currently does not apply to travelers from: Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and the UK.
• It has been announced that as of 2 September 2021, French nationals holding a valid residence permit (permanent resident card, residence permit for work, personal affairs or family reunification) can travel to China without the need to apply for a new entry visa and PU letter. If the residence permits held have expired after 12 a.m., 28 March 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. The prevailing public health measures must be complied with. NOTE: It is at the Consulate's discretion to grant a new visa to facilitate entry.
• People are required to wear masks when go to hospital/cinema, take metro or long-distance bus, and are suggested to wear masks in othe 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 within 48hours.
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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 required for cargo distribution, now need about 2 days only.
• Air: Reduced Services. Strong retail volumes are exceeding capacity alongside delays on ocean freight. Rates have increased over 20% in most markets.
• Sea: Ningbo / Shanghai port congestion is delaying arrivals to several ports in China prior to Golden Week holidays. Several blank sailings during the holiday period.
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?