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The year 2023 has officially become the year when China re-opened to the world after three enduring years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting from March 15th, all categories of visas are again open for application and visa-free policies have also resumed. More details on country-specific Chinese visa applications can be found on the Chinese embassy website in your country of residence.  

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How to enter China in 2023

The entire procedure of entering the country has been simplified as well. As of August 30th, pre-entry COVID-19 tests and proof of vaccination are no longer required. Starting from November 1st, a health declaration is no longer needed. There are also no testing requirements after arrival in China.  

If you get COVID-19 before or during your trip to China

• If you test positive for COVID-19 before your flight, you should postpone your trip and wait until you test negative before traveling. 

• If you report any symptoms on the health declaration form, you may be taken for additional testing. 

• If you test positive for COVID-19 while in China, you should self-isolate at your place of stay.  

• If you have severe symptoms, seeking medical help is advised. 

Remember, it is highly recommended to purchase medical insurance before traveling to China. 

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Are there any restrictions on traveling within China?

China has removed all domestic travel restrictions, granting travelers unrestricted movement across provincial and regional borders. COVID-19 tests and health codes are no longer required. 

For more information on current travel advisories, please visit the travel advisory page of our website

How to exit China

Occasionally a separate health declaration will be required upon exiting China. We recommend filling this out prior to exiting in case the authorities on site request it. (Update: Starting from November 1st, a health declaration is no longer required to exit China).