China Finally Reopening Borders

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China has started slowly reopening its borders to some travelers from Europe under new strict guidelines.

China originally suspended entry for nearly all foreigners and slashed the volume of international passenger flights to and from the country back in March.

As of August 10th, 2020, China will slowly begin reopening its borders and will now allow entry for select travelers from a list of European countries.

China Finally Reopening Borders

Visitors That Will Be Allowed Entry Into China

Prior to the new announcement, the only foreign nationals allowed to travel to China were those for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergent humanitarian needs.

Select business travelers are also being permitted entry to some Chinese cities that are coming from South Korea and Singapore.

Now, the Chinese government is allowing for the following people to apply for a visa to visit China:

Those who hold valid residence permits

Those who hold valid work permits

Those who hold permits for family reunion and personal matters

Travelers may apply for a visa at a Chinese embassy or consulate in the below countries.

Countries Allowed To Apply For a Visa To Visit China

The following countries are able to apply for a Visa to visit China: 

  • Albania
  • Ireland
  • Estonia
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • North Macedonia
  • Belgium
  • Iceland
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Poland
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • France
  • Finland
  • Netherlands
  • Montenegro
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Romania
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Serbia
  • Cyprus
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom

After entering China, the government is requesting that all visitors comply with the epidemic prevention regulations in the areas they are visiting.

Is China Open For Tourism?

China is not open for tourism and no date has been set on when it will resume.

Can Passengers Transit Through Airports in China?

No, international passengers can’t use China airports for transiting to other countries. 

International Flights

All international passenger flights to Beijing will be diverted to 16 designated airports in Chengdu, Changsha, Hefei, Lanzhou, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Hohhot, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Xi’an and Wuhan. A small number of international flights are also operating direct between European cities and Shanghai, Guangzhou and Qingdao.

What Can Travelers Expect When Arriving in China?

Health regulations surrounding passengers arriving from overseas are continuously changing. You should contact the Chinese Embassy in your country before you travel if you have any questions regarding these entry requirements, quarantine rules or the requirements for individual cities.

China Finally Reopening Borders

Quarantine Requirements and Testing

All overseas passenger arrivals are subject to health checks (likely involving nucleic acid or swab tests), including during transit, followed by a centralized quarantine period of at least 14 days – costs for which to be covered by the passenger.

Quarantine is usually spent at either a centralised government hotel or your home. Family members of someone who tests positive, or those who have been in close contact, will be required to go into a government quarantine hospital.

What to Expect at a China Quarantine:

Unless directed by the authorities you are not allowed to leave your designated quarantine location for 14 days. This means you are also unable to leave China for the duration of the quarantine

Depending on the quarantine location, facilities may be basic: there may be no fridge, no air-conditioning, and limited or no internet/wifi.

During your stay you will be responsible for cleaning the room

If meals are not available at the quarantine location, you will need to arrange food orders for delivery from outside.

Larger sized families with two parents may be separated into 2 rooms.

If you’re on prescription medication make sure you bring enough with you to last for at least 3-4 weeks together with medical documents certifying that you need to take this medication. See Health for further information.

Failure to comply with the quarantine conditions or testing put in place, or any attempts to deliberately conceal health conditions can result in being sentenced to up to three years in prison. This applies to both Chinese and foreign nationals.

All travelers heading to China should carry travel insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment and repatriation.

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