June 16, 2023 Latest update Planning a trip to China can sometimes pose challenges for foreign travelers due to the progressive approach taken in lifting restrictions. To provide reassurance and assistance, we have compiled a comprehensive list of Q&A regarding travel in China after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
Which types of Chinese visas are currently accessible?
As of March 2023, China has resumed the issuance of all visa types. This means that the same visa categories that were available before the pandemic are now open for application once again. Among international professionals visiting trade shows, the commonly used visa is an M type of visa, issued to those who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.
Professionals travelling to R+T Asia trade fair can obtain the invitation letter for a business visa, contact our official travel agency here
Is my 10-year Chinese visa still valid for travel?
If your multiple entry visa was issued before March 28, 2020, and is still within its validity period, it can now be utilized for travel to China once again. This includes 10-year visitor visas granted to individuals from the US and other countries. However, please note that typically, the maximum duration of stay allowed on this type of visa is 60 days. If you plan to stay in China for longer than 60 days, you will need to apply for another long-stay visa.
If your visa has expired since March 28, 2020, you will need to obtain a new visa before you can embark on your journey to China.
What are the current COVID-19 testing requirements for traveling to China?
To board a flight bound for China, it is mandatory to undergo a rapid antigen test (RAT), or a nucleic acid test (PCR) within 48 hours before departure. Starting from April 29, 2023, PCR tests are no longer obligatory, and you have the option to take a RAT at home instead.
The test result must be negative, and you are required to declare it, along with other health details, by completing the Health Declaration Form through the China Customs' WeChat mini-program, app, or website – useful links will be provided before the show.
In the event of a positive COVID-19 test, it is necessary to wait until testing negative before embarking on your journey to China.
Airlines are no longer responsible for checking COVID-19 tests prior to boarding, and there are no testing requirements upon arrival in China. However, you may be asked to present your health declaration code, which you receive after completing the health declaration form, as spot checks are conducted by border authorities.
If you exhibit any symptoms, you may be subject to additional testing. In the case of a positive test result, you will be permitted to self-isolate at your place of accommodation or seek medical assistance if necessary.
Are there any limitations on domestic travel within China?
China has lifted all restrictions on domestic travel, allowing individuals to freely travel across provincial and regional borders without the need to present negative COVID-19 test results or health codes.
It is important to note that if you enter China using a short-term transit entry permit , you are restricted from traveling outside a specific designated area, which is determined based on your port of entry.
Are there any COVID-19 precautions to consider when traveling within China?
It is advisable to take common sense prevention measures similar to those practiced in other countries, it includes regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizer, or wearing a mask in public areas.
While wearing mask is no longer mandatory on public transport and in public spaces such as restaurants, bars, stores, malls, and parks, individuals are still encouraged to wear masks voluntarily as advised by the government.
Wearing masks remains mandatory only in nursing homes, medical institutions, and if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
What are the protocols if I test positive for COVID-19 while in China?
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result in China, you are no longer required to go to a quarantine facility.
Currently, the official guidance in China for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 is to self-isolate at home if you are asymptomatic or experiencing mild symptoms.
However, if you have moderate to severe symptoms, it is recommended to seek medical assistance.
In R+T Asia's "Easy Shanghai" guide, to be released by the end of July we will provide you with more information on medical assistance in Shanghai in case of need.
As in case of any trip abroad, it is advisable to obtain medical insurance prior to your trip to China, as public health institution staff may primarily communicate in Chinese, and private healthcare can be quite costly.
Additionally, in case of need, it is always advisable to bring the pain-killers or fever medication up usually use in your home country, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. The brands available in China may differ from those familiar to you.
on April 25, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning stated that from April 25 onboard, people traveling to China will be permitted to take an antigen test
instead of a PCR test within 48 hours of boarding. Moreover, airlines will no longer be required to check the pre-boarding COVID-19 test certificates.
PCR-test free travel for passengers from 34 coutries
According to recent announcements by Chinese embassies in several countries, air passengers traveling to China directly from 34 specific countries can now use an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result as an alternative to the PCR test. According to our information the passengers originating from the following countries are eligible for this policy: Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Russia, Switzerland, Hungary, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Greece, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Vietnam, Nepal, Tanzania, Georgia, Serbia, Azerbaijan, and Brunei
R+T Asia recommends checking the requirements directly with the flight operator you choose to travel to Shanghai.
Shanhai Airport Group announces on its official WeChat account, that starting from March 26 onwards,
Shanghai Hongqiao International airport will resume flight routes to international destinations, as well as
Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. 11 airlines, including China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Japan Airlines,
All Nippon Airways, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Air Macau, China Airlines,
and EVA Air will operate out of Terminal 1 of the airport.
The post advises passengers to check with the airline they are flying for the latest flight updates. Shanghai
Hongqiao International Airport reopens inational flight routes, after suspension in March 2020 due to
COVID-19 pandemic control measures. This information will make happy many of our international visitors,
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is the closest international airport to the National Exhibition and
Convention Center (Shanghai) where will R+T Asia 2023 will take place.