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Health Alert – U.S. Mission in China, Beijing, China
May 16, 2022

Location:  Countrywide

Event:  The rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and related restrictions around the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The PRC continues to enforce strict COVID-19 testing, quarantine, and travel restrictions throughout the country.  These restrictions may cause interruptions in the supply of food, water, medicine, and other essentials.  Travel between cities and provinces is extremely difficult and regulations change frequently.  You may be required to remain within your residence for extended periods of time, without prior notice.  Local health officials may enter your residence to disinfect it.  The ability to depart the PRC may become limited.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates in Guangzhou and Shenyang continue to provide both emergency and routine services for U.S. citizens.  The U.S. consulates in Shanghai and Wuhan are able to provide limited emergency U.S. citizen services only.

The U.S. Mission in China encourages all qualified adult U.S. citizens to renew their passports by mail to avoid potential travel and quarantine risks.  Please see the following link for more information: https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/passports/

The CDC announced that U.S. Citizens and certain categories of noncitizens departing from Shanghai are not required to meet the pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement through June 10th.  Further information is available on CDC website at:  Amended Order: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States | Quarantine | CDC

Actions to Take:

  • Prepare to remain within your residence for an extended period.
  • Ensure you have a sufficient supply of money, medication, food, and baby supplies for your family in the event of sudden restrictions or extended quarantine.
  • Follow the instructions of your local health authorities and local neighborhood committees.
  • If you wish to depart the PRC, book tickets early.  Commercial flights remain available but are limited.
  • Ensure all necessary documents are accessible and up-to-date, including U.S. and PRC travel and identity documents. To renew your U.S. passport please visit our Passport Services website for information and instructions on how to apply.
  • Contact your loved ones and share regular updates.  Family and friends will be concerned about your well-being, so reach out to them however possible – via phone, text, social media, etc. – to let them know you are safe.  Text and data services may work when voice does not.
  • Encourage your neighbors and friends to register in the free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to get the most up-to-date security information from the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the PRC.
  • Visit the Department of State’s China Country Information webpage for the latest travel conditions.
  • Visit Embassy Beijing’s COVID-19 Information Page for the latest Covid related information.
  • Contact your local neighborhood committee or employer for assistance with obtaining food delivery or bulk ordering.  Food deliveries may be delayed, and the supply of certain items limited.

Available Services: For further information regarding services offered to U.S. citizens please visit the following websites:

Beijing: https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/services/

Guangzhou: https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/guangzhousections-offices/u-s-citizen-services-guangzhou/

Shenyang: https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/shenyang-american-citizen-services/

For Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Beijing, China
Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
Email: BeijingACS@state.gov
Website: https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/

U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou, China
Telephone: +(86)(20) 3814-5775
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
Email: GuangzhouACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Shanghai, China
Telephone: +(86)(21) 8011-2400
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
Email: ShanghaiACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Shenyang, China
Telephone: +(86)(24) 2322-1198
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(24) 2322-1198
Email: ShenyangACS@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Wuhan, China (Emergency U.S. Citizen Services ONLY)
Telephone: +(86)(27) 8555-7791
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
Email: WuhanACS@state.gov