China Travel Restrictions 2023 - Updated Aug. 28, 2023
China has opened its borders to tourists from March 15, 2023. Foreigners can enter China normally with a valid China visa (any type).
All types of visa applications are resumed. Visa-free transit policies are also reinstated.
The good news is that as of August 30, 2023, international travelers no longer need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result before entering China.
Who Can Enter China Now?
China has resumed applications for all types of visas since March 15, 2023. Visa-free transit policies are also reinstated.
You can enter China as long as you are:
- holding a valid China visa (any type, even if applied before March 28, 2020).
- holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, study, reunion, and personal matters.
- holding valid APEC business cards.
- qualify for the China visa-free transit policy.
Do I Still Need a PCR Test to Enter China in 2023
As of August 30, 2023, international travelers no longer need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result before entering China.
You still need to declare your health condition to China Customs by filling out the Health Declaration Form on the WeChat mini-program of China Customs (scan the QR code below) or at the website.
Hong Kong Travel Restrictions 2023
Hong Kong no longer requires mandatory hotel quarantine or home quarantine for overseas arrivals. All pre-departure testing requirements have been lifted.
You can enter Hong Kong as long as you have a valid travel permit (and visa if applicable). You don't need to do any tests.
Can Foreign Travelers in Hong Kong Enter the Chinese mainland?
Yes. You can enter China Mainland from Hong Kong as long as you have a valid China visa. You don't need to do any COVID-19 tests.
Now you can enter China mainland from Hong Kong by land, by train, by ferry, or by plane.
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Tibet Travel Restrictions
According to the regulations of the Tibet Autonomous Region, foreigners are not allowed to travel around Tibet alone. That means you have to book a tour with a China local travel agency.
To enter Tibet, all foreigners (non-Chinese passport holders) need a Tibet Entry Permit which is issued by the Tibet Tourism Administration.
To visit Mount Everest Base Camp or Mount Kailash, an Aliens' Travel Permit and a Military Area Entry Permit are required.
Now, Tibet is open to foreign tourists. If you plan to visit Tibet, you can apply for the Tibet Permit now. Since foreigners are unable to apply for an Entry Permit independently, you are suggested to book your tour with a local travel agency.
If you book the Tibet tour with us, we will make all necessary arrangements to obtain the Tibet Permit for you. Feel free to contact us and learn more details about Tibet travel requirements.
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