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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Beijing (posted on January 11, 2022)
January 11, 2022

In response to local outbreaks of COVID-19, including the new Omicron variant, People’s Republic of China (PRC) authorities are expanding prevention and control measures in certain cities and communities.  These measures may include mass testing, closures, transportation disruptions, lockdowns, and possible family separation.  Consult local media and websites regarding the most current restrictions for your area.  Failure to follow the instructions of your local authorities may further complicate problems U.S. Citizens may encounter.


The U.S. Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Wuhan are aware of reports of food and medical shortages in some affected areas and are monitoring conditions closely.  The Embassy and Consulates General understand anxieties around questions of food and medical supply, communication difficulties, and isolation under tight quarantine rules.


If you find yourself in an emergency, please contact the Embassy or Consulate General for your area using the information at https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/contact/.


Amid the difficult on-the-ground conditions, your local authorities and/or employer should be able to best help you immediately:  You can reach out for assistance most effectively by contacting your local community’s office.  You may also want to try the local Foreign Affairs Office (waiban) at affiliated employers, universities, and other organizations.  If you are concerned about language issues, contacting them via WeChat may be better than trying to call.  Your local employer might also be able to provide assistance with resolving specific issues.


As the PRC prepares for the Spring Festival and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, COVID-19-related conditions and policies could change suddenly and affect previously low-risk areas.  The Department of State has prepared information to help you stay safe during the Games at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/2022-Olympic-and-Paralympic-Games.html.  This site will be updated regularly as more information becomes available or as conditions change.


The Department’s free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is still the best way to receive the latest alerts.  Encourage U.S. citizens you know to register if they have not already done so at https://step.state.gov/STEP/Pages/Common/Subscribe.aspx.


Actions to Take:

  • Check with your hotels, airlines, or cruise lines, and local media and authorities regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit the Embassy COVID-19 webpage for information on conditions in China.
  • For the latest requirements on entering China, please refer to the PRC Embassy’s website.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • Visit the Travel.State.Gov COVID-19 webpage for the latest information by country.


For Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Beijing and Consulates General Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Wuhan



Department of State – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444