China Travel Advisory (2022)

Reissued to reformat the Hong Kong and Macau Travel Advisories and to provide updates on COVID-19 restrictions.

Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Macau SAR, due toarbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related restrictions.See specific risks and conditions in each jurisdiction below. Exercise increased caution in the PRC due towrongful detentions.

Quarantine and Testing

The zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 by the PRC, Hong Kong SAR, and Macau SAR governments severely impacts travel and access to public services.

All travelers should prepare to be tested for COVID-19 and to quarantine at a government-designated location for an extended duration upon arrival to the PRC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau SAR. While in quarantine, health authorities will test travelers as often as daily for COVID-19 and will not permit travelers to leave their rooms. Travelers who test positive during this quarantine time may be transferred to a government-designated medical facility. Standards of care, accommodations, testing, and treatments may differ considerably from standards in the United States, including the possibility of unsanitary or crowded conditions, substandard or limited access to food provisions, and delayed access to medical treatment. Even after completing quarantine on arrival, travelers to the PRC, including the Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, may face additional quarantines and mandatory testing. Travelers may also face movement and access restrictions, including limited access to medical services and public transportation. In some cases, children in the PRC, including the Hong Kong SAR, who test positive have been separated from their parents and kept in isolation until they meet local hospital discharge requirements.

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Testing and travel requirements frequently change. People within the PRC, including the Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, may be subject to mandatory testing. In areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases, restrictions may include being confined to home or moved to a government-designated quarantine facility or hospital. Visit theEmbassy's COVID-19page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in the mainland areas of the PRC, or theConsulate General Hong Kong and Macau's COVID-19page for information on the COVID-19 situation in the Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR.

Lockdowns

Lockdowns, also called “dynamic static management of COVID-19 risks,” can occur in any location in the PRC, including in the Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, with little notice. Lockdowns may last for extended periods. Officials may instruct people not to leave specific districts, compounds, or residences. They may lock compound and building doors, and construct gates or walls around residences with little or no notice. Officials may require people to transfer to a quarantine facility.

Prepare to have sufficient water, food, and medication on hand for a minimum of two weeks. If an area is restricted due to COVID-19, groceries, deliveries, and public transportation may be unavailable. Hospitals may restrict entrance or be locked down on short notice. These restrictions may be more likely to occur in border areas, particularly on the borders with the DPRK, Burma (Myanmar), Mongolia, and Russia, where COVID-19 cases have occurred that officials believe stem from cross-border transmission.

Country Summary:The PRC government arbitrarily enforces local laws, including carrying out wrongful detentions and using exit bans on U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries without fair and transparent process under the law.

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The Department has determined that at least one U.S. national is wrongfully detained by the PRC government.

U.S. citizens traveling or residing in the PRC, including the Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens in the PRC may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention without due process of law.

Foreigners in the PRC and the Hong Kong SAR, including but not limited to businesspeople, former foreign government personnel, and journalists have been unjustly interrogated and detained by PRC officials for alleged violations of PRC national security laws. The PRC has also interrogated, detained, and expelled U.S. citizens living and working in the PRC.

Security personnel may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the PRC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau SAR governments.

In addition, the PRC government has used restrictions on travel or departure from the PRC, or so-called exit bans, to:

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  • compel individuals to participate in PRC government investigations,
  • pressure family members of the restricted individual to return to the PRC from abroad,
  • resolve civil disputes in favor of PRC citizens, and
  • gain bargaining leverage over foreign governments.

In most cases, U.S. citizens only become aware of an exit ban when they attempt to depart the PRC, and there is no reliable mechanism or legal process to find out how long the ban might continue or to contest it in a court of law. Relatives, including minor children, of those under investigation in the PRC, may become subject to an exit ban.

The PRC, Hong Kong SAR, and Macau SAR governments do not recognize dual nationality. U.S.-PRC citizens and U.S. citizens of Chinese descent may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment, and the PRC, Hong Kong SAR, and Macau SAR governments may prevent the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General from providing consular services.

XINJIANG UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION and TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION

Extra security measures, such as security checks and increased levels of police presence, are common in the Xinjiang Uyghur and Tibet Autonomous Regions. Authorities may impose curfews and travel restrictions on short notice.

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

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Since the imposition of the National Security Law on June 30, 2020, the PRC unilaterally and arbitrarily exercises police and security power in the Hong Kong SAR. The PRC has demonstrated an intention to use this authority to target a broad range of activities it defines as acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign entities. The National Security Law also covers offenses committed by non-Hong Kong residents or organizations outside of Hong Kong, which could subject U.S. citizens who have been publicly critical of the PRC to a heightened risk of arrest, detention, expulsion, or prosecution. PRC security forces, including the new Office for Safeguarding National Security, now operate in the Hong Kong SAR and are not subject to oversight by the Hong Kong judiciary.

Demonstrations: Participating in demonstrations or any other activities that authorities interpret as constituting an act of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with a foreign country could result in criminal charges. U.S. citizens are strongly cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and avoid demonstrations.

Propaganda: A PRC propaganda campaign has falsely accused individuals, including U.S. citizens, of fomenting unrest in the Hong Kong SAR. In some cases, the campaign has published their personal information, resulting in threats of violence on social media.

Read thecountry information pagefor the PRC, the information pagefor the Hong Kong SAR, and the information page for the Macau SAR for additional information on travel.

If you decide to travel to the PRC, including the Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR:

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  • Read theDepartment of State’s COVID-19 pagebefore planning any international travel, read theEmbassy COVID-19 pagefor the PRC and theConsulate General COVID-19 pagefor the Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR for specific COVID-19 information.
  • For the Hong Kong SAR, monitor local media, local transportations sites and apps likeMTR MobileorCitybusNWFB, and theHong Kong International Airport websitefor updates.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Avoid taking photographs of protesters or police without permission.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • For the Hong Kong SAR, review your Hong Kong flight status with your airline or at the Hong Kong International Airportwebsite.
  • Enter the PRC on your U.S. passport with a valid PRC visa and keep it with you.
  • If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or the nearest consulate immediately.
  • If you plan to enter the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), read theDPRK Travel Advisory. Travelers should note that U.S. passports are not valid for travel to, in, or through the DPRK, unless they are specially validated by the Department of State.
  • Enroll in theSmart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State onFacebookandTwitter. Follow the U.S. Embassy onTwitter,WeChat, andWeibo. Follow U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau onFacebookandTwitter.
  • Review theCountry Security Reportfor the PRC, the Hong Kong SAR, and the Macau SAR.
  • Visit the CDC page for the latestTravel Health Informationrelated to your travel.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

FAQs

Does China allow foreigners to enter? ›

Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens? Yes, China currently allows foreign nationals with valid residence permits and visas to enter the country under certain very limited conditions. The U.S. Embassy is not involved in the creation of these policies, and they are subject to change at any time.

Is it safe to holiday in China? ›

Reconsider travel to the People's Republic of China (PRC), including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Macau SAR, due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related restrictions.

Can you fly from China to UK? ›

Direct flights between the UK and mainland China have resumed, following the earlier ban on direct passenger services imposed by the Chinese authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check with airlines for routes, schedules and ticketing.

Which country citizens can enter China without visa? ›

A citizen of Singapore, Brunei or Japan with an ordinary passport is exempted from a visa if he or she visits China's mainland for tourism, business, or meeting with friends or relatives, and if he or she enters China through ports open to foreigners, and stays for no more than 15 days.

Which citizens can visit China without visa? ›

A foreign citizen can enter China without a visa under any one of the following circumstances:
  • Direct Transit. ...
  • Visiting the Pearl River Delta or Hainan Island. ...
  • Citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan. ...
  • Holders of Valid APEC Business Travel Card. ...
  • Foreigner's Permanent Residence Card Holders.

What should I be careful of in China? ›

10 Things Not to Do in China
  • Don't Talk about Uncomfortable or Politically Sensitive Topics. ...
  • Don't Disrespect the Customs of Minority Groups and Temples. ...
  • Don't Make Close Personal Contact, Such as a Hug or Kiss. ...
  • Don't Expect Interpersonal Communications to Be the Same. ...
  • Don't Forget Your Manners When Using Chopsticks.
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Is China safe at night? ›

Most major cities in China are extremely safe. Violent crime remains rare and it is generally safe even for women walking alone at night. There are some scams, as in any country and petty crimes can happen especially in crowded areas.

Why are there no flights to China? ›

The U.S. government said on Thursday it will suspend 26 China-bound flights from the United States by four Chinese carriers in response to the Chinese government's decision to suspend some U.S. carrier flights over Covid-19 cases.

Why there is no direct flight to China? ›

india china flights: Direct flights between India, China unlikely to be resumed in near future due to Beijing's COVID rules: Sources - The Economic Times.

Which airlines fly direct China? ›

Air China, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, United, China Eastern, Suparna Airlines Co and China Cargo all fly non-stop to China.

Can I live in China without a visa? ›

Foreign nationals visiting China generally need to acquire a visa before entering the country, except for special circumstances allowing for visa-free entry. China issues several different types of visa for various purposes. Chinese visas fall into two categories: ordinary and diplomatic visas.

How strong is China passport? ›

The Chinese passport is currently ranked 71st among global passports, according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index.

How long can you live in China without a visa? ›

The government of the People's Republic of China allows holders of ordinary passports issued by some countries to travel to Mainland China for tourism or business purposes for up to 15, 30, 60 or 90 days without having to obtain a visa.

How long can US citizen stay in China? ›

Tourism in China requires a visa and is typically a single entry visa with a stay duration of 30 days. US citizens may be eligible for a 10-year multiple entry visa. The tourism visa requires your passport to be valid for at least 6 months and it must have at least two blank pages.

How do I become a citizen of China? ›

Foreigners may naturalize as Chinese nationals if they have immediate family with Chinese nationality, possess permanent residency in mainland China or a special administrative region, or have other "legitimate reasons".

What is the safest country in the world? ›

In fact, according to the Global Peace Index 2022, New Zealand is the second safest country in the world, behind only Iceland. There are several reasons why New Zealand is such a safe place to live. First, it has a relatively small population and a low crime rate.

What are the 3 Ts in China? ›

The Three Ts in the context of China are Taiwan, Tibet, and Tiananmen. These are the three most contentious issues to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Should you bring your phone to China? ›

While nobody would want their personal data to snooped, it might be a good idea to not carry a smartphone on your next trip to China or even if you need to carry one, it always better to keep your personal data at home and carry a fresh smartphone after factory reset.

What can you not bring to China? ›

Prohibited Items
  • Weapons, simulated weapons, ammunition and explosives.
  • Forged currency or securities.
  • Printed matter, films, photos, movies, audiotapes, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, computer storage devices and other things that could do harm to China's politics, economy, culture and morality.
  • Poison and addictive drugs.
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What time does China go to bed? ›

In China, the average bedtime is 12:32 am. Most people in China average about 6:43 hours in bed every night.

What time do people in China go to sleep? ›

THE WORLD'S SLEEPING HABITS
RankingCountryAverage bedtime
1Slovakia1:03 AM
2China12:32 AM
3Hungary11:59 PM
4Czech Republic11:58 PM
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Is China is safe for female? ›

Safety issues while traveling in China usually end up being petty thievery, like pick-pocketing, and maybe some issues with travel sickness. Regardless of China's safe reputation, travelers should still be appropriately careful, especially female travelers.

Is flight available to China? ›

Flights to China are available from most of the top international airports in the world. From major Indian cities, airlines like Air India, Aeroflot, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, etc., operate connecting flights to China.

How many flight cancelled in China? ›

FlightRadar24 data shows that just over 6,000 out of nearly 15,000 flights were canceled on Sept. 21, which Petchenik said falls in line with the high level of daily cancellations that China has recorded for more than two years, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Which country lost their airport to China? ›

Uganda lost its only international airport, the Entebbe International Airport, to China for failing to repay a loan, reports have said. By India Today Web Desk: Uganda has lost its only international airport, the Entebbe International Airport, to China for failing to repay a loan, African media reported.

Can you fly a private jet to China? ›

Cost to charter a private jet to Shanghai, China. The cost to charter a private jet can range widely, and is based mostly on flight time and the type of aircraft. A charter flight from Los Angeles to Shanghai, China will cost $155,000 or more in a Heavy Jet, for example.

Can you fly to China over the Pacific Ocean? ›

Most commercial airlines, that operate between East Asia and the Americas, do not fly over the Pacific Ocean because of cost and safety concerns, including turbulent weather, which can be dangerous to fly over.

Why do flights to China go over the North Pole? ›

Routes from the East Coast and Midwest to Southeast Asia and China typically fly this way for the time and fuel savings; it's just that the most beautiful hours of flight, when opening the window shade yields views of vast sheets of sparkling ice, happen when passengers are fast asleep.

Which is the No 1 airline in the world? ›

Qatar Airways has been named the world's best airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2022, while Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Emirates landed in the second and third spots respectively. In a strong showing for Asia-Pacific carriers, Japan's All Nippon Airways Co. and Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd.

What is China's best airline? ›

The Best Airlines in China 2022
  • China Eastern Airlines.
  • Xiamen Airlines.
  • Juneyao Airlines.
  • Spring Airlines.
  • Air China.
  • West Air.
  • Shenzhen Airlines.
  • Tianjin Airlines.

Can you fly from New York to China? ›

Yes, travelers can find non-stop flights year-round operating out of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The arrival airports in China for these direct routes are generally either Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) or Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) in the Special Administrative Region of China.

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Are British tourists safe in China? ›

Safety in public places

For the most part, China is a safe place to visit, and crowds in public places should not cause any worry. Of course, small risks are still present, including petty theft and pickpocketing in tourist areas, as well as at train stations and on sleeper buses and trains.

Is Beijing safe for tourists? ›

While in Beijing, travelers should only pay special attention to people around them in order not to become the victim of petty crimes. As in any other huge and populous city, thieves are frequent, so avoid going to isolated areas and showing your valuables in public.

Can you buy your own house in China? ›

A foreigner can only own one property in China, and that property must be residential. There are additional requirements by province and city. For example, in Beijing, you must pay taxes and social security for at least five years before you are permitted to buy a property.

What part of China does the UK own? ›

Hong Kong Island was ceded in the Treaty of Nanking on 29 August 1842 and established as a Crown colony after the ratification exchanged between the Daoguang Emperor and Queen Victoria was completed on 26 June 1843.

Is China safer than UK? ›

Yes, many expats, especially women, find living in China is much safer than in cities like London or New York. Street harassment and catcalling is virtually unheard of for foreigners, and streets tend to be well lit at night. Petty crime rates, particularly for foreigners, seem to be particularly low.

Is USA safe country? ›

Despite what you hear in the media, the US is not a dangerous country. The majority of the places and people are quite accepting of outsiders, especially students. Also, most campuses in US universities are generally safe as well.

Is Shanghai safe to visit? ›

In terms of violent risks, Shanghai is not considered dangerous, unlike many other cosmopolitan cities. Police use modern technology and the city is under constant surveillance to stop criminal acts. Petty crimes are common, and the minimum attention is enough to prevent tourists to become victims of thieves.

Is Russia a safe country? ›

Russia - AVOID ALL TRAVEL

Avoid all travel to Russia due to the impacts of the armed conflict with Ukraine, including partial military mobilization, restrictions on financial transactions and increasingly limited flight options. If you are in Russia, you should leave while commercial means are still available.

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