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Health Alert – U.S. Mission in China, Beijing (November 29, 2022)
November 30, 2022

Location:  Countrywide

Alert:  UPDATE: The quickly changing COVID-19 situation and significant “Dynamic Zero-COVID” policy restrictions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)

Event:  COVID-19 cases in the PRC continue to proliferate in different areas and the PRC continues to enforce strict COVID-19 testing, quarantine, and travel restrictions throughout the country.  These enforcement measures may cause interruptions in the supply of food, water, medicine, and other essentials.  Private U.S. citizens who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival into the PRC will not have an opportunity to depart before being placed in a PRC COVID-19 quarantine facility.  Within the PRC, travel between cities and provinces remains extremely difficult and regulations and requirements change frequently.  You may be required to remain within your residence for extended periods of time without prior notice and local health officials may enter your residence to disinfect it.  Access to medical care may be limited due to lockdowns.

The ability to depart the PRC is limited and expensive.  Unless your travel is essential, the U.S. Embassy advises you to postpone travel to and within the PRC.  If you are concerned for your safety at this time, please consider returning to the United States.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates have extremely limited ability to intervene on behalf of private U.S. citizens on issues related to the implementation of the PRC’s “Dynamic Zero-COVID” policy.  For information regarding the PRC State Council’s new “20 Measures” to adjust their COVID-19 response, please see:


Lockdowns can occur with little notice and may last for extended periods.  U.S. citizens living in the PRC may expect the possibility of a lockdown in your residence or district.

Actions to Take:

  • For information about your length of lockdown, food supply, or deliveries, please first contact your local community’s office (juweihui), your employer, and local health authorities.  The Embassy and Consulates have very limited ability to assist with your lockdown.
  • If you have been informed that you tested positive and you are concerned about your situation, please contact the Embassy or Consulate.
  • U.S. citizens are reminded that participating in demonstrations could result in detention and/or criminal charges.  U.S. citizens are strongly cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and avoid demonstrations.
  • 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 websitefor 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-19 related information.

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

For Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Beijing, China

Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000

Email: BeijingACS@state.gov

  • 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