China Travel Restrictions 2022 - Updated May. 17. 2022

China still retains its tight border restrictions in 2022. Currently, foreign travelers may enter China for work or humanitarian reasons. Quarantine at a designated site is needed depending on different cities' policies. Read on to know more about 2022 China travel restrictions.

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Will China Open Its Borders In 2022?

According to China travel restrictions 2022, China will still retain its tight border restrictions. Most foreigners are still not allowed to enter China.

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According to the latest policy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Immigration Administration of China, a small group of foreign nationals is allowed to enter the country.

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Who Can Enter China Now?

In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19, China has temporarily suspended the entry by foreign nationals holding valid visas issued before March 28th, 2020. But three groups of foreigners can enter China at this moment:


China’s Travel Restrictions in 2022

In the pandemic period, if you are a Chinese citizen or a foreign national residing in low-risk areas in China, you can travel around normally under a few travel restrictions.

Travel Restrictions for Travelers Residing in China

Restrictions on movement and quarantine arrangements sometimes remain for travel between different provinces of China. Each city has slightly different requirements. For example, some cities and provinces need travelers from high-risk and medium-risk areas to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and undergo 14 days of isolation in their residence or in centralized observation.

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Travel Restrictions for Inbound Travelers

Passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city of their direct flight to China. Upon receiving the reports, passengers need to apply for health code from the Chinese Embassy or the Consulate-General, travel before it expires and be prepared for checking by the airlines before boarding.

1. You must take a first nucleic acid test 7 days before boarding. 

2. Fill out a Personal Health Monitoring Form.  

3. Within 48 hours before boarding, take a second nucleic acid rt-PCR test, one S protein IgM antibody test and one N protein IgM antibodytest at a listed laboratory

4. and the last nucleic acid test shall be taken within 24 hours.

5. Submit three negative nucleic acid test certificates, a Personal Health Monitoring Form, and a Letter of Commitment on COVID-19 Vaccination on the China Health Declaration Certificate website for apply a health code. If you are fully vaccinated, you should apply for health code 14 days after the last required shot. 

6. If the result is negative, you will get a Health Declaration Code (HDC) from the website within 3 hours.

7. Take the antigen test at the departure city within 12 hours before boarding.

Hong Kong Travel Restrictions

Hong Kong travel restrictions continue to be adjusted as the domestic and foreign pandemic situation changes. Please make sure you’ve checked the latest entry restrictions before your trip.

Who Can Enter Hong Kong?

Can I Transit Through Hong Kong?

Can Foreign Travelers in Hong Kong Enter the Chinese Mainland?

Yes. Foreign nationals who work in the Chinese Mainland or who need to visit family can apply for a visa to enter the Mainland. Quarantine at a designated hotel is needed depending on different cities' policies. 

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Macao Travel Restrictions

Here are the latest travel restrictions for travelers visiting Macao:

Who Can Enter Macao?

All travelers must have proof of a negative result for the COVID-19 test issued no more than 48 before departure. Travelers arriving from high-risk countries/regions must undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Hong Kong to China Travel Restrictions

Yes. Foreign nationals who work in the Chinese Mainland or who need to visit family can apply for a visa to enter the Mainland.  Quarantine at a designated site is needed depending on different cities' policies. 

China Travel Restrictions during Coronavirus

China's Current Entry Policy

Foreign nationals who meet the requirements of the above entry policy can enter China in accordance with China’s epidemic prevention regulations. Certain documents and a 14-day quarantine are required when entering the country.

How to Enter China:

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China Quarantine Rules

Inbound travelers, whether vaccinated or not, are required to quarantine at a designated place. The length of quarantine depends on different cities' policies. These measures will change from time to time, depending on the local pandemic situation.

Entry City/Province

Local Quarantine Policy


 "14+7+7" (14 days' centralized quarantine at a designated site + 7 days' home quarantine + 7 days' community health monitoring)


"14+7" (14 days' centralized quarantine at a designated site + 7 days' home quarantine)


"14+7+7" (14 days' centralized quarantine at a designated site + 7 days' home quarantine + 7 days' community health monitoring)


"14+7" (14 days' centralized quarantine at a designated site+ 7 days' community health monitoring)


"14+7+7" (14 days' centralized quarantine at a designated site + 7 days' home quarantine + 7 days' community health monitoring)

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China Travel Restrictions for U.S. Citizens

 Yes. Travelers from the United States with valid residence permits and visas are allowed to enter China under limited conditions. 

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Notes: The restrictions of nucleic acid test 7 days before boarding, and self-health monitoring are canceled since May 20, 2022.

Are There Any Other Asian Countries Open for Traveling?

It has been two years since COVID-19 emerged, with almost every country affected by the pandemic. But more countries are deciding to safely reopen their borders to travelers once again, including several Asian countries.

Asian Countries Open for Travel

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What Should I do if COVID-19 Outbreaks during Travel?

1. Stay at your hotel and call your doctor if you feel unwell: Isolate yourself at home if you feel unwell to avoid contact with others; when you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

2. Keep calm: Stay informed on the latest information about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, including any restrictions put in place on travel, movement, and gatherings.

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