- The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- The Department of State maintains a Travel Advisory for China of Level 4: Do Not Travel due to novel coronavirus. Those currently in China should attempt to depart by commercial means.
- The Chinese government continues to take steps to try to control the spread of the virus, including mandatory quarantine for U.S. citizens entering China (see below). Additional steps may vary from place to place and travelers should inquire with local authorities on specific policies before traveling within China. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility of travel restrictions and quarantine fees with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens should also be aware of local public health requirements. Remember that while in China, U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of China.
- The U.S. Embassy in Beijing continues to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 in the PRC.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Effective since March 28, 2020, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) suspended entry into the PRC by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits. Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards was suspended as well. Policies including port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy, Hainan 30-day visa-free policy, 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries were also temporarily suspended. Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates cannot forecast when these policies will be lifted or amended.
- U.S. citizens should continue to expect a significant reduction in flights to and from China. Effective since March 29, 2020, Chinese aviation authorities require foreign airlines to maintain only one air route to China and operate no more than one flight per week. Chinese domestic airlines have also reduced available routes per guidelines. Flights to and from China should carry no more than 75 percent of the passengers that they are licensed to carry. U.S. citizens planning to depart China should continue to expect a significant drop in the number of options and frequency of flights to the United States and should plan accordingly.
- All international flights into Beijing have been rerouted to regional airports for screening and quarantine, which is mandatory for U.S. citizens entering China (see below). Other airports in China may have different procedures, which may change without notice. These procedures are not being implemented in a uniform manner. Travelers should reach out to airlines or local authorities on specific policies and should be prepared for potentially long delays when entering and exiting China.
- U.S. citizens intending to return to the United States should continue to seek commercially available flights. Travelers should directly contact local airlines for more information. Please understand that flight delays and cancellations are still frequent; the U.S. Embassy and Consulates hold no discretion over these decisions.
- In the event that the situation further deteriorates, the ability of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates to provide assistance to U.S. nationals within China may be limited. The United States is not offering additional chartered evacuation flights from China at this time.
- Chinese authorities maintain travel restrictions in the area around Wuhan. Travelers should be aware that the Chinese government could prevent them from entering or exiting parts of Hubei province. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Hubei province.
- All Chinese visa related questions should be directed to the local Chinese Exit-Entry Bureau (EEB).
- All travelers, including U.S. citizens who enter China, are screened upon arrival and subject to a 14-day quarantine. While restrictions around domestic travel within China have eased, local quarantine requirements can vary significantly between cities, and regulations can change very quickly. All international arrivals should be prepared to complete quarantine at a government-selected facility or hotel at their own expense, with no control over the amenities, even if they maintain a residence in China. Cities and provinces within China may also require quarantine for domestic travelers, regardless of nationality. U.S. citizens may also be required to install and use location tracking software on their phones in order to access public spaces and some businesses. Some private hospitals may refuse admittance to travelers who have been in the United States 14 days prior to entering China. Please consult local authorities on specific quarantine requirements.
- It is unlikely that local authorities will notify the U.S. Embassy or Consulate of your quarantine. If you are placed into quarantine, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate with your name, passport number, and location.
- We strongly urge U.S. citizens remaining in China to limit contact with others, including large gatherings, and to abide by local health and safety guidelines. Consider stocking up on food and other supplies to limit movement outside the home.
- U.S. citizens remaining in China should follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Chinese health authorities’ guidance for prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment.