China Travel Advisory

Latest updates from China - September 2021

China travel advisory regarding
novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’ll keep this China travel advisory page up-to-date so you can stay informed about how COVID-19 is affecting travel in and around China.

If you have any questions about travel within China or future international travel to China, please do get in touch.

International Travel to China

You have questions, we have answers. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us anytime.

We’ve spent the last few months reviewing our safety protocols, and in light of this pandemic, we’ve instituted a number of new procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members of a WildChina journey.

Are China's borders open to international travelers?

China’s borders are still closed to most international travelers. 

International inbound travel to China is currently limited to the below visas:

  • Work (Z visa)
  • Business (M visa)
  • Family (Q1, Q2 visa) 

In addition to the standard visa requirements, applicants are also required to receive full inoculation at least 14 days prior to the application from one of the below-approved vaccine providers and provide a vaccine certificate:

  • Sinovac/Sinopharm
  • CanSino
  • Anhui Zhifei Longcom
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Johnson & Johnson

Travelers are required to provide positive IgM antibody test results, along with negative nucleic acid test results.

All international arrival must stay in quarantine at a government-sanctioned quarantine hotel for 14 days. Travelers may be subject to further quarantine/health monitoring mandated by certain regions.

Entry requirements vary depending on your country of origin. Please check your local Chinese consulate/embassy and airlines(s) for the latest travel requirements. 

Planning my trip: What should I do?

We can’t wait to welcome you to China again soon. We are accepting future bookings and have updated our booking conditions to give you complete peace of mind. Learn more about our updated booking conditions here

Should I cancel my journey to China or Asia?

Should you cancel your journey to China or Asia? In short, no! We recommend that you postpone your journey, don’t cancel it.

If China is on your bucket list, make next year, when this is all over, the year you visit. And when you are ready for your unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience to China, we’ll be here, standing with the wonderful people of this country that we love, to rebuild.

In the meantime, explore China from home through our WildChina On-Air series of virtual experiences and live online discussions.

What about flying?

Most airlines and countries around the world have now updated travel restrictions due to COVID-19. The Customer Service Team at WildChina has put together a flight cancellation list to keep you up to date on the latest developments regarding flying to and from China with major airlines – get in touch with us today to learn more. If you have any questions about particular flight cancellations or changes, please give us a call or send us an email. For a more comprehensive list of airline cancellations, please click here.

How will this affect my travel insurance?

Does your travel insurance cover global pandemics and other health crises? Don’t know where to start searching for information? We strongly recommend that you contact your travel insurance company and direct all inquiries regarding any changes or updates to your policy at specialized agents before purchasing or planning a trip.

In our 20 years of working in travel, we’ve witnessed and experienced epidemics and other disasters impact different parts of the globe. We understand that throughout this outbreak, there is much uncertainty over what will happen next. We can say this: pandemics eventually will pass. We know from our experience navigating through other outbreaks, such as SARS and MERS, that we will get through this. Whether it’s in five months or twelve, we look forward to welcoming you to the Middle Kingdom. In the meantime, we hope our China travel advisory helps you to feel well informed on the latest developments and expert opinions.

Domestic Travel in China

Travelers already in China are able to travel between provinces or regions with low-risk status.

However, travelers must prepare to show a separate green Health Code based on the province they are traveling to – this means your Beijing code won’t get you into Shanghai.

To help you see a new side of China, we’ve put together a list of restrictions and regulations by province. As with most things COVID-19 related, these situations are constantly changing, so for the most up-to-date information, please contact us and we’ll help you to plan for your arrival in your destination of choice.

Regulations and screening are especially tough for foreigners at the moment as well, even if you’ve been in China the whole time. You just need to make sure – at a minimum – that you have your health code ready, a valid ID, and a mask and hand sanitizer to hand. We do recommend that you take a COVID-19 test as well before you leave, as regulations could change at any time. Get in touch with us for up-to-date information or read our blog on traveling in China with a Green Health Code.

Beijing

  • Those traveling from medium or high risk areas must provide a negative nucleic acid test issued within three days, along with a provincial certificate
  • All travelers to Beijing require a Health Code and body temperature check for travel

Gansu

  • Requires Health Code, body temperature check, and advanced declaration for those traveling from a low-risk area
  • Those traveling from a medium risk area must show a negative COVID-19 test and isolate for 14 days at home
  • Those traveling from a high risk area will be required to undergo a 14-day centralized quarantine 
  • Please note: some hotels and attractions may not yet be open to foreign travelers

Guangxi

  • Requires Health Code and body temperature check

Guizhou

  • Requires Health Code and body temperature check for those traveling from a low risk area
  • Anyone arriving from a medium or high-risk area must quarantine for 14 days in a central location and then undergo another 14 days of home isolation
  • Please note: some hotels and attractions may not yet be open to foreign travelers

Heilongjiang

  • Those traveling from a low-risk area should hold a green Health Code and report to their community in advance
  • Those traveling from a medium or high-risk area may be asked to undergo a 14-day quarantine in a centralized hotel and a further 7-day isolation at home

Qinghai

  • Those traveling from a low risk area require a green Health Code and temperature check
  • Those traveling from or through (within the last 14 days) a medium or high risk area are required to show a green Health Code and a recent (within 7-days) negative COVID-19 test result. After arriving in Xining, travelers from these areas need to undergo a 14-day at-home isolation

Shanghai

  • People returning to Shanghai from or through high-risk areas are required to isolate for 14 days
  • Those traveling to Shanghai from a medium risk area are required to isolate in their community
  • Those traveling from a low-risk area require a green Health Code and body temperature check
  • Much of Pudong is classed as a Medium-Risk area (From Nov. 21st, 2020)

Shaanxi

  • Travelers from a low risk area will be monitored for 14-days and will be asked to take at least one COVID-19 test in Xi’an
  • Those traveling from medium or high risk areas need to report to their local community at least 3 days prior to arriving. They will then be asked to undergo a 14-day centralized quarantine

Shanxi

  • Foreign passport holders are not currently able to book tickets to enter public attractions in the Pingyao area

Sichuan

  • Those traveling from a low risk area must show a green Health Code and report to the local community
  • Those traveling from Shunyi or Chaoyang district in Beijing must show a recent negative COVID-19 test result
  • Those traveling from a medium or high-risk area need to undergo a 14-day centralized quarantine

Sichuan:Daocheng

  • Requires Health Code, body temperature check, and advanced declaration
  • May require proof of negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days of travel date. Check with us for the latest information
  • Requires valid work permit in China

Tibet

  • Tibet has re-opened travel to foreign nationals residing in China, as of May 2021. 

Read our latest travel FAQs and tips here.

Yunnan

  • Requires Health Code, body temperature check, and advanced declaration for those traveling from a low risk area
  • Travelers from medium risk areas must show a green Health Code
  • Travelers from a high-risk area will be required to undergo a 14-day centralized quarantine

Xinjiang

  • Please contact us for the latest information regarding travel to Xinjiang

Please note: Currently, to board a train or plane, check into a hotel, or enter most cultural, scenic, or other public sites in China, you might be asked to present a valid ID, green health code, and wear a mask. Most attractions also have a daily limit and require the pre-booking of tickets in advance. Please email us for more information.

Important note for Chinese ID holders: We are getting reports that more and more destinations are using towns and cities listed on ID’s to determine if you have been to middle or high-risk areas. Even if you don’t currently live there, please bear this in mind when planning if you need to take a COVID-19 test prior to travel.

How to Get the Latest Updates on Travel Requirements in China

As travel restrictions are continually changing due to COVID-19, it’s important to make sure you have the most up-to-date information on Travel Requirements in China. Luckily, there’s now an app for that.

Safety Procedures

The safety and comfort of our guests, guides, and drivers is always our number one priority.

We’ve spent the last few months reviewing our safety protocols and have implemented a number of new procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members of a WildChina journey.

WildChina guides, drivers, and staff

  • Additional training
    Our team practices social distancing outside of working hours and every staff member has received additional training on identifying risk factors and symptoms linked to COVID-19. Your guide will adjust your itinerary to avoid anywhere that is crowded and if you feel unwell, they will quickly escort you to the nearest hospital.
  • China’s green Health Code
    Prior to every journey, we will ensure that any WildChina team members you’ll meet along the way holds a green health code from the Chinese government. This code is official notice that a person has not been to an area of high COVID-19 risk in the past 14 days and is not showing any symptoms of the virus. In addtion to this, we will hold a briefing with each guide and ensure they have been fever-free for 4 weeks prior to the travel date.
  • Face masks and hand sanitizer
    Even with a green health code, all of our staff will wear a face mask for the duration of your journey – even if they are not in an area or province that requires it. This is for your safety and theirs. They will carry hand sanitizer that is at least 65% alcohol proof and regularly wash their hands using soap and water.

Hotels and Restaurants

  • Operational requirements
    In order to resume operations, hotels and restaurants in China are required to meet government requirements for COVID-19 health and safety. This includes checking the temperature of guests, restricting access to facilities such as the gym or swimming pool, and often asking to see a guest’s green health code upon check-in. We’ll inform you of the specific regulations for each hotel you’ll be staying in.
  • WildChina audits
    Beyond the government requirements, we will also personally audit boutique hotels that you’ll be visiting to ensure our standards are met and that we, and you, know exactly what to expect.

WildChina Guests

  • Face masks and the green Health Code
    Different sites and regions of China currently have different health and safety requirements. Some areas require that you wear a face mask outside at all times and some don’t. We will let you know in advance what the restrictions are for where you’re going. We encourage all of our guests to wear a face mask whenever possible and we will have face masks and hand sanitizer available for you. We’ll also add additional bathroom stops into your itinerary so that you can regularly wash your hands.
    A province or city-specific green health code is currently required for domestic travel. Your travel designer will talk you through the details of this process. Please note that certain sites are also requiring clear COVID-19 test results in order for you to enter. We’ll also let you know if you’re planning to visit anywhere where this is a requirement.
  • If you feel unwell, let us know
    If you feel unwell at any point of your journey, please let us know. We’ll quickly escort you to a local hospital so that you can receive the appropriate care and treatment.
  • Flexibility and patience
    Things might need to change quickly on-trip and certain things will take more time. We’ll arrange for you to arrive at an airport earlier than normal for any additional health checks required and, if the COVID-19 risk level of a destination or site on your itinerary is changed to high, we’ll work with you to immediately adjust your itinerary.

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Contact Us

If you are considering traveling to China in the near future or have a 2020 booking with us and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For general inquiries regarding our China travel advisory, please email our team at info@wildchina.com. Alternatively, you can call us on the following numbers:

  • USA (GMT -7): +1 888 902 8808 (Toll Free)

For media inquiries, please send a message to media@wildchina.com

If you use WeChat, you can find us @WildChina_Journeys.

We have travel designers on-call 24/7 to help answer your questions.