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Health Alert Shanghai: Extended Temporary Waiver of pre-flight COVID Test and Dog Import Permit
May 12, 2022


Allowing U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Residents, and Certain Noncitizens Leaving Shanghai, China to Travel to the United States Without a Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery through June 10, 2022.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that, based on a request from the U.S. Department of State, it is exercising its enforcement discretion regarding its “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,” effective immediately. CDC has determined that the current exigent circumstances in Shanghai, China may preclude individuals from meeting the requirements of CDC’s amended Testing Order. This exercise of enforcement discretion is limited to the following individuals departing Shanghai, China: U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR); noncitizens in possession of a valid U.S. immigrant visa; and noncitizen nonimmigrants who are traveling with a U.S. citizen or LPR and possess valid travel documents allowing them to travel to the United States.

For more information, please see: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-proof-negative-test.html

PLEASE NOTE: Any local government testing requirements to access Shanghai airports will still apply.


Due to the emerging situation in Shanghai, US citizens and lawful permanent residents evacuating Shanghai with 3 or fewer personal pet dogs don’t require a CDC Dog Import Permit if booking travel between April 14 and June 20. CDC Dog Import Permits will be required to enter the United States from Shanghai beginning June 21, 2022. Travelers from other areas of China are still required to present a CDC Dog Import Permit for entry into the United States.

For more information, please see: https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/dogs.html

In case of emergency, please reach out to the Embassy or Consulate General in your consular district by calling +(86)(10) 8531-4000.  Further information can also be found at https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/contact/ and emailing:

Embassy Beijing:                       BeijingACS@state.gov

Consulate General Guangzhou: GuangzhouACS@state.gov

Consulate General Shanghai:     ShanghaiACS@state.gov

Consulate General Shenyang:    ShenyangACS@state.gov

Consulate General Wuhan:        WuhanACS@state.gov