Date Updated

03/30/2021



  • • Some Chinese Consulates in the United States (including Los Angeles and San Francisco) are no longer issuing health declaration codes to foreign nationals holding valid work, private and reunion type residence permits unless the travel is pre-approved by the consulate under urgent or humanitarian reasons; foreign nationals must provide the relevant documents to the consulate for special approval before booking a flight or undergoing the pre-travel COVID-19 tests; Fragomen strongly recommends checking the consulate’s requirement prior to travel and should contact their Fragomen professional if they require guidance

    • 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 the countries listed below (1) must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken at a designated facility within two days of boarding

    • Instead of emailing the required scanned copies of the health declaration form, test certificates and passport information to the relevant Chinese consular post, travelers must submit an Electronic Health Declaration Code (HDC) or Electronic Health Declaration Form online; travelers are advised to check with the relevant consular post for the availability of the HDC
    - Foreign nationals can submit a request below (2) to obtain an HDC code
    - Foreign nationals must present the HDC code and follow the procedures for inspection by relevant airlines during 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 a seven-day quarantine at a government facility followed by a seven-day home quarantine if certain conditions are met
    - 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
    - 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 coronavirus test prior to travel, followed by another test upon arrival
  • Immigration authorities accepting applications however, processing delays should be expected; 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; some cities have temporarily suspended the issue of PU letters until further notice meaning that assignees cannot therefore obtain their entry visa Existing visa holders: From 28 September 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: UK, France, Belgium, India, Philippines, Bangladesh, and Russia If the residence permits held have expired after 12:00 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 **China has suspended the entry of foreign nationals holding valid visas and residence permits from several countries, including Bangladesh, Belgium, France, India, Italy, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, and United Kingdom; entry by holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected; foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at the relevant Chinese embassy or consulate; entry by non-Chinese nationals with visas issued after 3 November 2020 will not be affected Chinese embassies and consulates are starting to require that foreign national travelers to China (including Fast Lane passengers) present an Electronic Health Declaration Form at boarding, rather than emailing a scanned copy of the health declaration form, test certificates and passport information page to the relevant embassy or consulate; check the relevant Chinese embassy website for the exact implementation date; this has so far been announced by Chinese missions in Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe Foreign passengers can complete their information here https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/, declare their health status and upload their tests, which will then be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy; upon approval, they will receive the Electronic Health Declaration Form, in the form of a QR code with the “HDC” mark; they must present the electronic or printed code and follow the procedures for inspection by relevant airlines during boarding; Chinese passengers (including the Hong Kong SAR, the Macao SAR and the Taiwan region) can still apply for the green health code with the “HS” mark via the WeChat Health Code app All travelers to China are required to present BOTH a negative COVID-19 NAT/PCR test certificate AND a negative IgM antibody test certificate, from tests taken within 48 hours prior to boarding, in order to obtain a green health code or a health declaration with an HS logo; effective 10 December, this also applies to travelers departing from New Zealand on China-bound flights, as IgM antibody test are now available in New Zealand


  • • Yes, service as normal (wearing masks), except Beijing will be limited due to restriction in mid/high-risk districts


  • • Yes
  • Yes, except schools in mid-high risk area


  • • 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


  • • Public transportation is resumed as usual with encouragement to use social distancing when able and use electronic forms of payments
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    Yes both

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    • Yes

    Freight Availability/Cost
    Normal service

    Air - Reduced Services - reduced 10% in freight rates (comparing beginning of COVID up to present)

    Sea - Reduced Services -  Average freight decreased by 10% from February 2021

    Road Availability
    Normal service 

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

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