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How Business Traveling to China during Covid-19

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, China Government now has strict control for travelling.

If you’re travelling to Hong Kong
View the latest Hong Kong travel restrictions to ensure you’re eligible to travel.

If you’re transiting through Hong Kong
Refer to the latest Hong Kong transit requirements for transit passengers, along with the entry restrictions of your final destination.

If you’re travelling from Hong Kong
At the airport, our staff will perform document checks to confirm you’re eligible to travel. You’ll also be asked to declare your travel history over the past 14 days.

What to know before you fly
We’ve introduced additional passenger requirements – including the use of face coverings – for your added protection. View the latest information before you head to the airport.
As most destinations only accept a medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result in English, please ensure you have the necessary documents ready in order to travel.

Entering the Chinese Mainland

Immigration and quarantine requirements

Entry restrictions

  • Foreign nationals with visas issued before 28 March 2020 are not permitted to enter the Chinese Mainland.
  • Foreign nationals with residence permits or APEC Business Travel Cards are not permitted to enter the Chinese Mainland.

Entry restriction exemptions

  • Foreigners holding diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas
  • Foreign nationals travelling to the Chinese Mainland for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities; foreign nationals arriving for emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies/consulates
  • Foreign nationals with a visa issued on or after 28 March 2020
  • Foreign nationals holding a Chinese Mainland Permanent Resident Card
  • Foreigners with a Chinese Residence Permit issued by China (People’s Rep.) for the purpose of work, personal matters or reunions

Quarantine measures

  • All passengers are subject to a medical screening and 14-day quarantine
  • All passengers entering Beijing will be subject to an additional 7-day quarantine and 7-day health surveillance, following their 14-day mandatory quarantine at the government designated facilitates
  • All passengers entering Chengdu, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Xiamen will be subject to an additional 7-day home quarantine, following their 14-day mandatory quarantine at the government designated facilitates
  • All passengers entering Nanjing will be subject to an additional 14-day home quarantine, following their 14-day mandatory quarantine at the government designated facilitates

Visa restrictions

All visa free transit services have been suspended. This includes the:

  • 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy
  • Hainan 30-day visa-free policy
  • 15-day visa-free policy for foreign cruise group tours through Shanghai Port
  • Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR
  • Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy for foreign tour groups from ASEAN countries

Additionally, the visa exemption policy is suspended to nationals of Japan, Singapore and Brunei.

Exit requirement

All passenger departing from Xiamen (XMN), are required to present a green health code and a medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result, the test must be taken within 48 hours prior to the departure of scheduled flight from Xiamen.

Pre-departure requirements

COVID-19 test

  • All passengers (including those travelling on a diplomatic basis) departing from/transiting through nominated countriesOpen a new window to all destinations in the Chinese Mainland, are required to take a nucleic acid COVID-19 test and IgM anti-body tests within 48 hours of the scheduled time of departure of the flight to the Chinese Mainland
  • The test should be taken at institutions in the city of departure and designated or recognised by relevant Chinese embassies or consulates
  • Those who test negative will need apply for a green health code with an “HS” marking or a health declaration letter and present it at check-in prior to acceptance
  • As most destinations only accept a medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result in English, please ensure you have the necessary documents ready in order to travel.

Health declaration

Travelling with special mobility requirements

Due to the quarantine processes on arrival in all Chinese Mainland airports, there are temporary restrictions in place on travelling with a wheelchair. As these services are not currently being offered by the airport authorities, we are unable to offer this service on flights between Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland.

Passengers intending to travel with their own wheelchair may do so. However, on arrival in all Chinese Mainland airports, it can only be made available in the baggage reclaim hall. As arrival and quarantine processes can be lengthy, passengers may be required to walk long distances and be without their wheelchair for an extended period. On departure, we will need to accept the wheelchair at check-in, and passengers will need to be able to reach and board the aircraft unassisted.

Please note that in many airports, boarding and disembarkation will be via stairs. For safety reasons, customers must be able to ascend and descend stairs unassisted; and our airport teams are not able to provide physical lifting assistance in these circumstances.

Passengers travelling between Hong Kong and Beijing

All passengers travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing will be required to have documentary proof that:

  • They have undergone a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within seven days of the scheduled departure time; and that the result of the test was negative

The test report must contains the following information:

  • Passenger’s name
  • Travel document no.
  • Test method
  • Specimen collection date and time
  • Negative test result
  • Test report issue date and time
  • Signature of the report issuer

With effect from 15 March 2021, the test report must also contains the specimen collection through either “nasal swab” or “combined nasal and throat swabs” (child age below 6, can use “throat swab” to test for COVID-19)

The document must be in Chinese or English and can be accepted on paper or digital format. (for more details, can be found hereOpen a new window)

Passengers who are unable to provide this documentation at check-in will not be accepted for travel.

The Hong Kong SAR Government’s list of recognised laboratories and healthcare institutions that conduct nucleic acid COVID-19 tests can be found hereOpen a new window

Post-arrival COVID-19 test requirement 

  • All passengers will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Xiamen

Transiting through the Chinese Mainland

Transit restrictions

  • Passengers are no longer permitted to transit through Beijing, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai and Xiamen Airports

Transiting through Hong Kong to the Chinese Mainland

Transit restrictions

  • Passengers are not permitted to transit through Hong Kong International Airport to destinations in the Chinese Mainland

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