China

Entry regulations

China

Find all entry regulations for flights to China in the following table*.

Prior to Travel

Visa-free stay is possible under certain circumstances, including group travel via cruise ports in Shanghai (up to 15 days).

A one-time airport transit with a stay of up to 24 hours is possible without a visa. In some cities, a stay of 72 or 144 hours is also possible. The prerequisite for all visa-free transit stays is entry via one of the prescribed border checkpoints and onward travel to a third country that was not the starting point of the trip. A valid ticket and, if necessary, a visa of the third country must be presented accordingly. Onward travel with connecting flights within China is not permitted.

In the past, travellers with Turkish, Iraqi or Pakistani visas in their passports have been excluded from the scheme and turned back. The decision is made upon entry.

Applicants who have a passport issued after 1 January 2014, must partly present the expired passport together with the current one for the application. If the passport has been confiscated, a corresponding declaration must be made. It must be explained which countries have been visited in the last three years as well as the length of the respective stay.

Biometric data will be taken (fingerprints), for which fees will be charged. The visa must be applied for in person.

Travel exclusively to Hainan Island can be made visa-free through an accredited travel agency in Hainan for a period of up to 30 days. For further travel, a visa must be applied for in advance.

Travellers must also register for visa-free stays, which can be done by a hotel.

There are no known restrictions

There are no known restrictions

For a stay of more than 180 days, a residence permit must be applied for.

In case of overstaying the permitted duration of stay, a fine per overstayed day is due. Without payment, departure is not possible.

Non-essential travel to China is currently advised against.

Since June 2022, the so-called '3G rule' has been suspended for entry into Germany, i.e. entrants no longer have to prove that they have either been vaccinated, recovered, or tested. The regulation has been extended until 31 January 2023. As regards air travel, masks must generally be worn on all flights if mask-wearing is compulsory in either the country of departure or the country of destination. The implementation is enforced by the operating airline and may therefore vary. Travellers are advised to carry at least one mask with them at all times. For information on mask mandates, please see the respective category.

Prior to Entry

There is an entry ban for most foreign citizens, but persons with a valid residence permit (for work, personal or family matters) are allowed to enter. Visa are given even more restrictively since mid-May. Tourist entries are not possible, nor are transit stays in China.

Further information (including on the necessary so-called 'PU' invitation from the relevant local authorities) can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC.

As of 8 January, entry to China will again be permitted.

Non-Chinese citizens must apply for a health declaration form online and will then receive a green QR (validity period of the QR code: 48 hours from the time the test is performed). Prerequisite is the presentation of the test results (see information from the Chinese mission abroad). Transit travellers must meet the test requirements in Germany as well as in the transit country, and apply for the code. Children under the age of 6 must also apply for a green QR code. (Link involves security risk; link can be found on the page of the Federal Foreign Office.)

As of 8 January, a health form is required for entry into China.

There are no known restrictions

Transit stays in China are not possible.

Entry into China is also permitted without a direct flight. In this case, passengers must ensure that the PCR test at boarding of the last flight is no more than 48 hours old. Information on the entry procedure in the respective transit country should be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Berlin or the locally responsible Chinese foreign missions before starting the journey.

Information on quarantine regulations, testing requirements and possible exceptions for transit travellers that have been vaccinated can be found in the respective categories (if available).

Test to be presented upon entry: PCR-test. PCR-/LAMP-/TMA-Tests to be conducted within hours prior to entry: 48 hours.
Minors up to and including the age of 5 years are exempt from mandatory testing.

As of 8 January, a negative PCR test must be presented for entry, which is uploaded via the health form. Other means of proof are via WeChat or the China Customs App.

Should travellers show symptoms upon entry, they are obliged to carry out an antigen test, if necessary, an additional blood test will be performed on site.

According to the Chinese mission, transit passengers from Germany have the option of being tested in the transit area at the airport clinic at Frankfurt Airport (Medical Center at Frankfurt Airport), where duplicate tests with two different reagents are offered. These test results are also recognized by the Chinese missions abroad in Germany.

If provided by the test centre or pharmacy, the COVID test certificate should contain the passport/ID number of the passenger(s), as this is required by some airlines for transportation. Please note that some countries generally only accept a laboratory-based »RT-PCR« test for entry. Other PCR tests such as Express PCR test, PoC PCR test or PCR rapid test may lead to refusal of entry.

The mandatory quarantine after entry was abolished as of 8 January 2023.

There are no known restrictions

Travellers are considered fully vaccinated if they have completed the primary vaccination series, i.e. having received two doses of an authorized two-dose-vaccine or one dose of an authorized single-dose vaccine. Travellers are advised that their digital proof of vaccination in the "Cov-Pass app" and in the "Corona-Warn-app" must be renewed after 365 days. The technical implementation takes place via the respective update of the certificate within the app or via updating the app itself. Further information can be found on the respective websites of Corona-Warn-App and the Cov-Pass-App. Travellers who have already been vaccinated must currently meet the same requirements for entry as all other travellers. In addition, the vaccination certificate or passport must be uploaded. These must contain the following information: Name, sex, date of birth, name of the vaccine, date and location of the first and second vaccination, signature and address of the vaccinating agency.

Only the relevant embassies, consulates and national authorities can provide binding information on which vaccines are accepted for entering a country.

There are no eased entry regulations for those who have been completely immunized.

Travellers are considered fully vaccinated if they have completed the primary vaccination series, i.e. having received two doses of an authorized two-dose-vaccine or one dose of an authorized single-dose vaccine. Travellers are advised that their digital proof of vaccination in the "Cov-Pass app" and in the "Corona-Warn-app" must be renewed after 365 days. The technical implementation takes place via the respective update of the certificate within the app or via updating the app itself. Further information can be found on the respective websites of Corona-Warn-App and the Cov-Pass-App. Travellers who have already been vaccinated must currently meet the same requirements for entry as all other travellers. In addition, the vaccination certificate or passport must be uploaded. These must contain the following information: Name, sex, date of birth, name of the vaccine, date and location of the first and second vaccination, signature and address of the vaccinating agency.

Only the relevant embassies, consulates and national authorities can provide binding information on which vaccines are accepted for entering a country.

There are no known restrictions

There are no eased entry regulations for those who have been incompletely vaccinated.

There are no eased entry regulations for those who have recovered.

Convalescents are subject to the same testing requirements as all other travellers. In addition, a Personal Health Monitoring Declaration Form must be submitted.

On Site

Restrictions are eased for those vaccinated or having tested negative.

Since 7 December, a PCR test is no longer required for access to places of public life. Only hospitals require proof of testing; this is integrated via an application on WeChat.

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Data source: Our World in Data / European Center for Disease Control. The data is only available at country level and is updated daily.

On 8 January 2023, the measures taken locally were relaxed countrywide.

After entire 68 cities were briefly affected by full or partial lockdowns at the beginning of September 2022, the strict measures of the "Zero Covid" strategy were first relaxed on 7 December 2022 and then again on 8 January 2023. From now on, lockdown measures will only be imposed on individual buildings (instead of entire districts or cities).

Travel within the country is subject to considerable restrictions. In many places, such as public transport, hotels and restaurants and residential complexes, temperature measurements may be required. Very often a health app must be used or a QR code scanned. This is used to track travel movements.

A mask must be worn indoors. In parks and busy places also outdoors.

In the cities and provinces affected by COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns, there may be local restrictions on the opening of shops and stores.

Local restrictions on opening restaurants are to be expected in the cities and provinces affected by COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns.

On 6 June, most catering establishments in Beijing resumed operations, on 30 June the same is true for Shanghai.

Hotels and other accommodations are open, but local restrictions may apply in the cities and provinces affected by COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns.

In regions currently little affected by COVID-19 ('low risk areas'), public life is back to normal, but in places with new hotspots restrictions may be imposed.

Cultural, entertainment- and sportive facilities are closed in cities where a lockdown is in effect.

In low-risk areas, music and cultural events can again take place without restrictions since November 2022.

In the cities and provinces affected by COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns, there may be local restrictions on public transport, which is otherwise operating normally.

Domestic air traffic is always subject to restrictions in the event of local lockdowns. Air traffic to cities in lockdown may be suspended.

International entry and exit to and from China is made more difficult by a considerable restriction of air traffic to a few flights and airports. International flights from Germany to Beijing have only been operating again since 27 July. In the past, flights could be diverted at short notice to various other airports where health checks take place. The regulations are constantly changing.

Since 7 December, the isolation In case of a positive test can also be done at home. The stay in a state quarantine center is no longer required. In most cases, the isolation period is 8 days.

Departure

At the moment, nothing is known about a general mandatory COVID-19 test when leaving China, but in most cases, travel to the airport (especially from areas affected by lockdowns) is only possible with a negative test result.

Entry/return to Germany

For travellers entering from a risk-free area, there is no obligation to register online before returning to Germany. The exact regulations are available on the Ministry of Health‘s information sheet.

There are no known restrictions

There is a test obligation for entry into Germany by air, land and sea. The test must have been carried out 48 hours before entry.

Proof of a negative test, complete vaccination, or recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test is required regardless of whether the country of departure is classified as a high risk area or risk-free area. The proof can be requested by the Federal Police or by the competent authority during the control of cross-border traffic to Germany and must already be presented to airlines prior to carriage.

Arrivals from virus variant areas need to provide a PCR test result; antigen rapid tests are not permitted. For air travel, the proof of testing should always include the passport/ID number of the traveller(s) as this is required by some airlines for carriage.

There are no exceptions for delivery traffic, commuters and other groups of people in case of arrival from a virus variant area. Further information on the new entry regulation can be found at the Federal Government's website and at the Federal Ministry of Health.

There is no obligation to test after entering Germany.

According to the Robert Koch-Institute, it is a risk-free area. There is no quarantine obligation after entry into or return to Germany.

There is no quarantine on entry/return for completely immunized persons.

Vaccinated persons are exempt from national quarantine and testing obligations. (Caution: In Germany, only the vaccines by BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax have been approved so far.) Further information is available from the Federal Government.

According to the Robert Koch-Institute, it is a risk-free area. There is no quarantine obligation after entry into or return to Germany.

There is no quarantine on entry/return for incompletely vaccinated persons.

According to the Robert Koch-Institute, it is a risk-free area. There is no quarantine obligation after entry into or return to Germany.

There is no quarantine on entry/return for those who have recovered.

Recovered persons are exempt from quarantine and testing obligations nationwide, area of active circulation of highly contagious virus variants. Those who have recovered need proof of a positive PCR test (or other nucleic acid detection) at least 28 days and no more than 3 months ago. Recovered persons must not have any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. Further information is available from the Federal Government.


*All information is without guarantee and is based exclusively on information provided by external sources, e.g. the German Foreign Office. We do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of this information. Please inform yourself about the applicable entry requirements before your flight.