China is not open to tourism, but is working on a vaccine passport to facilitate global travel

China is not open to tourism, only nationals and foreigners with valid residence permits and some types of special visas can enter.

All arrivals must agree to a 28-day quarantine called (14 + 7 + 7) and 4 COVID-19 PCR tests.

Travelers arriving from countries where new strains of the virus have been discovered, such as the United Kingdom and South Africa, must undergo 4 nucleic acid tests. Your family members will also be required to take these tests.

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April 9 – China, another country working on vaccine passports

China is reportedly working on a vaccine passport to facilitate global travel. This is one of the few times the government has spoken about being interested in “global travel” after more than a year of closure and very severe biosafety restrictions.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced that Chinese citizens will be allowed to access the system through a WeChat mini-program. Wang said the new certificate “will allow countries to mutually check the results of travelers’ coronavirus tests and vaccination records.”

To achieve a possible reopening, local authorities are reporting enormous pressure to speed up their vaccination launches, as the Chinese do not appear to be in a hurry to get vaccinated, given the successful control of the virus.

March 1st

China approved new single-dose vaccine to be used in the country. This vaccine can provide protection from COVID-19 for up to six months.

Despite a major effort to manufacture and distribute vaccines, China is still lagging behind in administering them effectively (40 million doses were used until February 9). This is partly due to the reluctance of part of the population.

February 8

To prevent further outbreaks, the country has initiated a new health management procedure called “14 + 7 + 7“.

This includes a 14-day quarantine at a government-approved hotel, plus a 7-day quarantine at home, plus another 7 days of daily health monitoring. During the quarantine, both visitors and their family members will be required to do 4 COVID-19 tests.

Vaccination implementation

China has approved its own domestic coronavirus vaccine for commercial use. So far, the country has fully vaccinated 12 million citizens. This means that, at most, only 0.8% of China’s population received the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 cases in China

According to the World Health Organization, the country has managed to control the pandemic. As of today, the country reported 103,034 positive cases and 4,851 deaths.

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These figures come from the Chinese authorities and it is difficult to compare them with other sources.

Is China open to tourism?

No. Only a very select group of foreign visitors is allowed.

How to obtain a visa?


It is not enough to have a passport up to date and at least six months to expire.

Travelers must also apply for an official permit (or a visa) at the Chinese Embassy in their country of origin and prove that they have compelling reasons to travel.

DO NOT TRAVEL TO CHINA WITHOUT A VISA. Anyone who tries to enter China now with just a passport and without a proper visa can be arrested, deported or denied access.

Who was affected by the latest travel ban in China?

Basically, almost all people who are not Chinese.

Foreigners visiting China for emergency reasons must still apply for special entry visas.

Arrival restrictions

All visitors must have:

  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test proof, made no more than 48 hours before departure
  • Submit to a 28-day quarantine on arrival
  • VISA or valid residence permit
  • Agree to several tests if the authorities deem it necessary.

It is also not allowed to “just pass”

Passengers on planes from other countries who are not allowed to enter China due to travel bans in certain territories should not treat China as a “pass-through” country, even when travelers are at an airport.

Keep this in mind if you need to take a connecting flight to reach another country in Asia or the Pacific.

Individual flights

China Airlines

Another important fact about flights to and from China is that it is intended to maintain single flights to and from the country.

What that means is that a plane can take you to the country, but your next outbound flight is the only flight out until the following week, two weeks or more.

The idea, of course, is to restrict the influx of foreigners to China as much as possible and track the cases of COVID that may result from the arrival of each plane and the passengers of that plane.

This disease tracking method is relatively smart, but it complicates travel plans, even for dignitaries and others. Plan to stay awhile and then book in advance for your flight, as single plane flights are all you’ll find for a while.

Is it safe to visit China now?

According to the CDC, China is a very safe place to visit and the risk is very low. The warning level is only at 1. (

Current mask requirement

Health officials in China’s capital, Beijing, lifted the requirement to wear masks outdoors after the city reported several consecutive days with no new cases.

This may change without notice.

– Is Hong Kong open to tourism? – Everything you need to know
– Is Taiwan open to tourism?
– Check the complete list of Asian countries reopening for tourism

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