China travel alerts

Please check the travel advice for all countries in your itinerary

Entry requirements

 

Only Chinese citizens and foreign nationals with a valid visa issued outside Mainland China after 28 March 2020 or W, U, Y or C visas are allowed to travel.

We recommend you check directly with your destination's embassy or immigrations office to confirm you are eligible to travel.

Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering mainland China. 

Pre-departure tests

1.    You will need proof of a negative Nucleic Acid and IgM Antibody tests taken within 48hours of departure from the UK. The tests must be from one of the institutions designated by the Chinese Embassy and Consulates-General in the UK (the list can be found here ) and originate from the same provider. Please visit the Chinese Embassy page before travelling.

2.    You will need to need to apply for Health Declaration Certificate online. For full instructions please visit: Online Application for Health Declaration Certificate. You will receive a  green health QR code with the "HS" mark from the Chinese consulate in the before boarding the flight.

Entry documents

You must present a completed "Exit/Entry Health Declaration Form" upon arrival. The form can be obtained before departure here

You are required to submit a health declaration form, which can be done with an online form, via WeChat or the China Customs mobile app. You are required to declare your health information within 24 hours before entry.

 

Covid-19 testing on arrival

You will be subject to health checks on arrival (likely involving nucleic acid or swab tests).

Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

Quarantine

All arriving passengers, vaccinated and non-vaccinated, must quarantine upon arrival for 14 days. This will be in a government-selected facility at your own expense. This does not need to be pre booked as the CDC will assign the hotel rooms on arrival into china. 

Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months when you enter China.

Visa

China's entry requirements differ, depending on your nationality and the reason for your visit. If you're not a Chinese national, you will usually need a visa to enter the country, which you should get before you travel

If you're staying for less than 6 days, you may not need a visa.

For more information and advice, contact the Chinese Embassy.

Apply for a Chinese visa

If you need a Chinese visa, we can help. We've partnered with VisaCentral, the global visa and passport experts. They can apply on your behalf for a fee. And if you're a Flying Club member, you'll also earn two miles for every £1 you spend.

Apply for your visa now

You can also apply for your visa through the Chinese Embassy in London:

Chinese Embassy

Tel: 020 7299 4049

Opening hours Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 12:00; 14:00 - 17:00

 

Visa exemptions for shorter visits

If you're due to leave China to travel to another country within 6 days of your arrival, you might not need a visa. You'll be allowed to stay within the administrative precincts of Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province for up to 144 hours.

On arrival in China, you'll need to show valid onward travel documents to the immigration officer, confirming your planned departure within this time period.

You need to be a resident of one of the following countries to be eligible for an exemption:

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America

Find out more from the Chinese Embassy.

 

Information for UK passport holders

If you are a UK passport holder visiting China, your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your visa application. If you have less than 6 months’ validity on your passport, but still have a valid visa, you should be able to enter China for the duration of that visa.

This guidance is for UK passport holders only. Passengers from other countries should check with the necessary Government department in their country of residence for travel information.

Foreign visitors aged between 14 and 70 will have bio-information such as fingerprints collected upon arrival

Entry documents

You must present a completed "Exit/Entry Health Declaration Form" upon arrival. The form can be obtained before departure here

You are required to submit a health declaration form, which can be done with an online form, via WeChat or the China Customs mobile app. You are required to declare your health information within 24 hours before entry.

Pre-departure tests

1.    You will need proof of a negative Nucleic Acid and IgM Antibody tests taken within 48hours of departure from the UK. The tests must be from one of the institutions designated by the Chinese Embassy and Consulates-General in the UK (the list can be found here ) and originate from the same provider. Please visit the Chinese Embassy page before travelling.

2.    You will need to need to apply for Health Declaration Certificate online. For full instructions please visit: Online Application for Health Declaration Certificate. You will receive a  green health QR code with the "HS" mark from the Chinese consulate in the before boarding the flight.

 

Covid-19 testing on arrival

You will be subject to health checks on arrival (likely involving nucleic acid or swab tests).

Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

Quarantine

All arriving passengers, vaccinated and non-vaccinated, must quarantine upon arrival for 14 days. This will be in a government-selected facility  at your own expense. There is no need to pre book this as the CDC will assign hotels upon your arrival into China

Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months when you enter China.

Visa

China's entry requirements differ, depending on your nationality and the reason for your visit. If you're not a Chinese national, you will usually need a visa to enter the country, which you should get before you travel

If you're staying for less than 6 days, you may not need a visa.

For more information and advice, contact the Chinese Embassy.

Apply for a Chinese visa

If you need a Chinese visa, we can help. We've partnered with VisaCentral, the global visa and passport experts. They can apply on your behalf for a fee. And if you're a Flying Club member, you'll also earn two miles for every £1 you spend.

Apply for your visa now

You can also apply for your visa through the Chinese Embassy in London:

Chinese Embassy

Tel: 020 7299 4049

Opening hours Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 12:00; 14:00 - 17:00

 

Visa exemptions for shorter visits

If you're due to leave China to travel to another country within 6 days of your arrival, you might not need a visa. You'll be allowed to stay within the administrative precincts of Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province for up to 144 hours.

On arrival in China, you'll need to show valid onward travel documents to the immigration officer, confirming your planned departure within this time period.

You need to be a resident of one of the following countries to be eligible for an exemption:

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America

Find out more from the Chinese Embassy.

 

Information for UK passport holders

If you are a UK passport holder visiting China, your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your visa application. If you have less than 6 months’ validity on your passport, but still have a valid visa, you should be able to enter China for the duration of that visa.

This guidance is for UK passport holders only. Passengers from other countries should check with the necessary Government department in their country of residence for travel information.

Foreign visitors aged between 14 and 70 will have bio-information such as fingerprints collected upon arrival

Routes where face masks onboard must be worn:

For all services operating to or from the United States, where the federal mask mandate on aircraft has been extended until 18 April, customers aged 2 and above must still maintain masks at all times, unless exempt.

For the following routes to or from the UK, masks are still required for customers aged 12 and above until further notice: Delhi, Islamabad, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lahore, Lagos, Mumbai, Shanghai, Tel Aviv.

Across our network, we continue to adhere to all regulatory requirements both in the UK and in destination countries.

You will need to upload your test results to the WeChat Health Code app or at the Health Declaration Certificate website in order to obtain a QR code and an entry mark.

Chinese airport guides

Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

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Shanghai

Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

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