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    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for China
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for China
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR)


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
A) Are there any border restrictions? Yes
B) Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
C) Are there any testing requirements? Yes
D) Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
E) Are there any vaccination requirements? No
F) Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
G) Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
H) Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
I) Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
Some border ports have been temporarily closed or restrict passenger movement.
Foreigners cannot enter China through land borders.
Direct flights to Beijing are limited and some are still diverted to other cities as the first point of entry. Passengers on direct international flights to Beijing should be citizens of the countries to be served or Chinese nationals with residency in those countries. All passengers are required to fill in the 'Commitment to Travel to Beijing by Flight' form before boarding.
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
A)Inbound travel for local nationals/residents
Chinese nationals should check with the closest embassy/consulate for the requirements on visas, pre-trip testing and heath code for boarding flight and other restrictions.
After taking all the required tests by the local embassy/consulates ,Chinese travellers can upload the results through their WeChat mini-program - '防疫健康码国际版' Health Declaration Certificate. If the results are qualified they will get a green health code with the 'HS' mark.
B)Inbound travel for "third country" nationals
Foreign nationals should check with the closest embassy/consulate for the requirements on visas, pre-trip testing and heath code for boarding flight and other restrictions.
After taking all the required tests by the local embassy/consulates,they should upload the results as well as other required documents at https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/ via computer or smartphone. If the results are qualified they will receive a green health declaration code with a 'HDC' mark.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
A)Who needs to test?
All travellers except for below exemptions.
B)Type of test and timeframe
Most Chinese embassies require travellers to take both nucleic acid test and IgM antibody test 48 hours before boarding at the port of departure. Testing should be done at designated labs in the departing city. As embassies in different countries may have different requirements, travellers need to follow the specific testing requirements as announced by the local embassy.
Travellers who take a transit flight to China should take the two tests in both the departure and transit country (they should refer to the Chinese embassy/consulate's websites for both the departure and transit country for more details and confirm the feasibility of taking these tests in the transit country with the airline). The tests must also be taken 48 hours before boarding at the transit country.
C)What information is required in the test result
Travellers should refer to the local Chinese embassy's announcement on the specific requirements.
D)Exemptions
Some Chinese embassies have issued exemption for childern under three years old from taking the tests and applying for the certify HS/HDC if he or she is to fly to China on a direct flight and his or her accompanying parent(s) meet(s) the requirement of boarding. But not all embassies have exemption for childern.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
A)Who must quarantine and for how long?
Most inbound travellers are required to take COVID-19 tests and undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility in the port of arrival, followed by seven days of health monitoring at residence/hotel. During the seven days of health monitoring at residence, people are required to monitor their temperature, minimise movement, avoid gatherings and take two times of COVID-19 tests. As different cities have various requirements, travellers should confirm the local quarantine requirements specific to their destinations prior to their trip.
Beijing: Inbound travellers entering China through Beijing should first have 14 days of centralised quarantine, followed by seven days of home/centralised quarantine. If entering China through other cities, they should not travel to Beijing within 21 days of arrival. Those who need to enter Beijing within 21 days for essential travel must notify their residential community (preferably during the first week of their arrival in China), register on 'Beijing Heartfelt Support (京心相助)' 72 hours prior to the trip and undergo a seven-day home quarantine upon arrival in Beijing.
Shanghai: Most travellers need to undergo 14 days concentrated quarantine and seven days of health monitoring at their residence/hotel. It allows 'seven-day designated isolation plus seven-day home observation' arrangements if the traveller meets certain conditions (see below), and they also need to follow seven days' health monitoring after 14 days.
•        The first-week quarantine takes place at the designated facility as usual. Those whose destination city is Shanghai and have a fixed residence in the city for one household isolation are eligible to apply for home quarantine for the second week. They are required to take a PCR test on the fifth day. Transport will be arranged to send them home on the eighth day if the test result is negative.
•        For all other travellers, the measure remains a mandatory 14 days in institutional quarantine in Shanghai, followed by seven days' health monitor.
•        Those travelling to Anhui, Jiangsu or Zhejiang provinces are subject to a three-day concentrated quarantine in Shanghai before being transferred to the destination city to resume the remaining 11-day concentrated quarantine. Another one to two weeks of health observation at home is possible after concentrated quarantine. Those who have symptoms/have tested positive for COVID-19 or antibody/has had close contact with a COVID-19 case will be hospitalised or must undergo 14-day concentrated quarantine in Shanghai.
B)Where can this be done?
The mandatory quarantine must be done at designated hotels. The home observation can be done in either local residence or hotels.
C)Additional tests in quarantine?
Several tests will be arranged during the quarantine and the sampling methodology and frequecy vary from city to city.
(Until further notice)
Documentation required
Application for the health code (refer to entry rules) requires travellers to upload several documents.
Required documents for health code application include but not limited to the photos or screenshots of the following documents:
-PCR & IgM antibody tests reports issued by approved institutions
-Itinerary/Flight information
-Biodata page of passport
-Visa
-Certificate of Residence(a.k.a Proof of address)
For vaccinated passengers, below documents are also required:
-Completed and signed Letter of Commitment of COVID-19 Vaccination
-Proof of vaccination
Chinese embassies may require additional documents or proofs from the applicants based on their situation. Travellers should follow the specific requirements from the local embassy.
(Until further notice)
Other
A)Restrictions for travellers from Hongkong/Macao/Taiwan
•Hongkong Travellers from Hong Kong (China SAR) to Beijing must produce a negative PCR test issued within seven days when boarding. Those travelling to Guangdong province must hold a negative PCR test issued within 24 hours; in addition, inbound travellers should hold a hotel reservation confirmation for the 14-day concentrated quarantine if entering Shenzhen (Guangdong) from Hong Kong via the Shenzhen Bay Port. Personnel can make a reservation through the online system (https://hk.sz.gov.cn:8118/) (Chinese only) within seven days prior to the trip.
•Travellers from Macao (SAR) to mainland China should provide a negative COVID-19 test result issued within seven days when boarding.
Travellers from Macao (SAR) to mainland China should provide a negative COVID-19 test result issued within seven days when boarding. Such travellers are exempt from 14-day mandatory quarantine if they are not tested positive for COVID-19, not suspected, not close contact of the confirmed, have no fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, or have travelled overseas in the past 14 days before arrival. Travellers are advised to reconfirm the specific requirements with the hotel or local residential committee in the destination city prior to departure.
For those crossing through the Guangdong-Macao border, a nucleic acid test (NAT) must be undertaken at a medical institution recognised by the Guangdong or Macao authorities. Travellers must activate their Macao Health Code and convert it into a Guangdong Health Code, and complete the mainland customs’ health declaration e-form.
•Travellers from Taiwan (China) to mainland China must produce a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours when boarding.They will also be barred from entry if they provide a nucleic acid report naming COVID-19 as the 'Wuhan virus', even if they have tested negative for the virus.

B)Additional requirements
Beijing and a few other cities require inbound travellers to report to their local community with personal information and an itinerary prior to the trip.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
A) Are there any border restrictions? Yes
B) Are there any exit restrictions? No
C) Are there any testing requirements? No
D) Are there any quarantine requirements? No
E) Are there any vaccine requirements? No
F) Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
G) Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
H) Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
Some border ports have been temporarily closed or restrict passenger movement. Land borders that remain open only allow returning nationals to pass through.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
A) Is a state of emergency in place? No
B) Are curfews/lockdowns in place? Yes
C) Can businesses operate? Yes
D) Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
E) Are there any testing requirements? Yes
F) Are there any vaccination requirements? No
G) Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Curfews and lockdowns
Guangdong Province
- Guangzhou: Several residential compounds in Liwan, Panyu, and Haizhu Districts has been rated as high- or medium-risk areas and the movement has been restricted in the affected areas.
- Zhanjiang: One village in Wuchuan is identified as medium-risk area and the movement has been restricted.
- Foshan: One neighbourhood in Nanhai District is identified as medium-risk and the movement has been restricted.


(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
A) Are businessses' (including shops')operations restricted by business type?
Yes
B) What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
Guangzhou: Catering services in Huangpu District operates with 70% of their capacity and customers need to present health code to enter. Catering services in Fanyu District will be suspended until June 24th.
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
A) Country-wide
A COVID-19 risk level system ('low', 'medium', 'high') has been used to determine whether incoming travellers from certain areas need to follow any COVID measures. Monitor COVID-19 risk zones through the following government website: http://bmfw.www.gov.cn/yqfxdjcx/risk.html. The risk levels are also accessible by scanning a QR code (http://app.www.gov.cn/govdata/gov/202003/25/456514/article.html). Most cities require travellers from high- and medium-risk areas to provide a negative PCR test result issued within three to seven days before travel and/or follow quarantine at designated hotels or at home for at least 14 days. As the risk rating is updated based on daily case number and the local requirements still vary across the country, travellers should confirm with the local residence committee or hotel about local restrictions.
B) Location-specific restrictions
Guangdong Province
- Guangzhou: “Yuekang Code” or “Suikang Code”will be checked when using public transport or entering a metro station. Outbound travellers must hold a negative nucleic acid test certificate within 48 hours.
- Zhanjiang: Residents to leave Wuchuan for essential purposes need to present negative result of nucleic acid test within 48 hours and green "Yuekang Code". Zhanjiang require all passengers planning to leave Guangdong province by air, railway, sea or road who have been to or passing Guangzhou, Foshan, Wuchuan in the past 14 days to hold a negative test result of nucleic acid test within 48 hours and a test result issued within 72hours for passengers who have been to or passing other cities within Guangdong province. For arrivals who have been to or passing through Guangzhou, Foshan and Wuchuan in the past 14 days, the authority will keep records of their personal information including name, ID, point of departure, body temperature, detailed address of destination upon arrival.
- Foshan: People who need to leave Foshan need to present a negative test result of nucleic acid test issued within 48 hours. Foshan airport has suspended flights until 22 June.
- Dongguan: Do not leave the province if non-essential, if have to leave, travellers must present a negative result of nucleic acid test within 72 hours. All residents who have a history of travel in Guangzhou or Foshan since June 5, 2021 and have not tested should take nucleic acid test at the nearest nucleic acid testing site as soon as possible.
- Shenzhen: All travellers want to leave the city either by air or railway need to present a negative result of nucleic acid test within 72 hours, while Guangzhou and Foshan ID holders need to present a green health code and a negative result of nucleic acid test issued within 48 hours. Travellers to leave Shenzhen Airport will be required to present "itinerary code" for the travel history of the past 14 days. All passengers to take subway in Shenzhen will be required to present green "Yuekang Code". For those who have difficulty generating a digital health code can present a printout of the health code in colour printed in 7days.
- Huizhou: Huizhou airport require all passengers planning to leave Guangdong province to hold a negative test result of nucleic acid test within72 hours while Guangzhou and Foshan ID holders need to present a green health code and a negative result of nucleic acid test issued within 48 hours when departing from these airports. It also requires personal information including name, ID, point of departure, body temperature, detailed address of destination from passengers with Guangzhou or Foshan ID or who have been to or passing these two cities in the past 14 days.
- Jieyang: Jieyang Chaoshan airport requires all passengers planning to leave Guangzhou province to hold a negative result of nucleic acid test issued within 72hours before boarding and the green health code.
Yunnan Province
- Tengchong: All passengers take flights from Tengchong airport need to carry a negative result of nucleic acid test issued within 3 days to depart.
(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
A) General
Health code and temperature check are widely used to permit movement and entry to key infrastructures such as hospitals, transportation hubs and office buildings. Wearing face masks is usually mandatory in transporation hubs and while taking public transportation.
B) Entertainment venues
Guangdong Province
- Zhanjian: Operation of the venues or businesses for Internet services, recreation and entertainment and cinema will be suspended until further notice.
- Huizhou: Some indoor public areas such as Karaoke, cinemas, gym etc will operate with 50% of their capacity. Some public resorts are suspended.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for China

COVID-19 information for China

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Foreign business travellers face few major security threats when travelling in the country. Petty crime, particularly in crowded areas such as markets and train stations, and confidence tricksters, ranging from basic tourist scams to more elaborate commercial fraud, are the main risks to business travellers. Violent crime against foreign nationals is rare, but not unheard of.

As the authorities require activists to apply for permits for demonstrations, protests do not occur regularly. These mainly relate to land disputes, forced relocations, environmental and labour issues (unpaid salaries and poor working conditions) and local officials' alleged corruption or abuse of power. All protests should be avoided as a routine precaution.

Other travel risks include natural disasters. China is primarily affected by seasonal typhoons, earthquakes and floods. Driving standards in the main cities are generally adequate, but deteriorate significantly as one moves away from Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities and into more rural areas.

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) is occasionally affected by social unrest due to ethnic tensions between the local ethnic-Uighur population and ethnic-Han Chinese. Such tensions have also resulted in low-level bombings and knife attacks carried out by Uighur militants, but there have been fewer reports about such incidents in recent years as the government has strengthened its prevention against such risks. While travel to XUAR can continue, people should be locally hosted and should ensure they have a comprehensive journey management plans in place.

The information above is intended as a summary of the security environment. However, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For China
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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PolioA booster is recommended. Although polio has not
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Tickborne encephalitisMay be recommended for those visiting forests,
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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