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There are no current global travel alerts. Please check the travel advice for all countries in your itinerary. 

China travel alerts

China alerts and entry requirements correct as of 12:00 GMT on Saturday 02nd October 202

There are currently no urgent travel alerts for China.

Always check travel advice for the country you're travelling to, even if you're returning home.

Please read all the latest Requirements to enter China

Requirements to enter China

 

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 or hotel at your own expense.

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 or hotel at your own expense.

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

Following the latest government, World Health Organisation, and industry regulatory guidance, you must wear a face mask or face covering at all times onboard the flight and throughout the airport.

You may only remove the face mask for the following reasons:

  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • To eat or drink where it is reasonably necessary to do so, or to take medication

There are some exemptions that apply to the wearing of face masks or face coverings:

  • If you can't put on, wear, or remove a face covering without severe distress, or due to any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010)
  • If you're travelling with, or providing assistance to, another person who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • Children 11 and under unless you are travelling to/from the US*

*Customers travelling to or from the USA aged 2 and over must wear a face mask at all times in the airport and onboard the flight. The same exemptions apply.

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)

View airport guide