Covid-19 Vaccination documents when traveling to China

Population till date: 1,442,267,216

What vaccines: Sinopharm & Sinovac

Population to be vaccinated: 500 million

Inbound travelers vaccination proof: Yes, Required

  • NAT-negative certificates (before 5 days of boarding)
  • Passport – blank passport pages (1 page per stamp)
  • Business visa
  • Tourist visa required
  • A separate visa may be needed if you plan on traveling to Hong Kong.
  • Vaccination
  • Travelers’ diarrhea antibiotic
  • Health insurance documents/ regular plan and/or supplemental travel health insurance plan with associate claim copies
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination
  • Copies of all prescriptions
  • Contact card
  • Altitude sickness medicine
  • Medicine to prevent malaria

Inbound travelers quarantine: Yes, for 14 days (now extended to 21 days)

  • If NAT is negative (no COVID-19 infection detected):  14 Days Quarantine
  • If NAT is positive (COVID-19 infection detected): Transferred to a specialist quarantine hospital

Quarantine accommodation: Country-approved quarantine hotels

 

Introduction

The factory of the world, China, also the origin of the corona pandemic, currently witnessing a severe strike in numbers of corona cases. Wuhan is the city where the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was first identified in the world. December 31, 2019, the Health authorities in China, showcased that a handful of people in Wuhan are being treated for pneumonia from an unknown source. Later, the country reported its first death due to corona on January 11, 2020 [1].

With 87706 active cases till now, the country has recently extended the quarantine period from 14 days to mandatory 21 days in its port city – Dalian, Hongkong, and other affected states to help prevent the spread of strain in its land.

“Because of the long incubation period and rapid transmission speed… some cases didn’t show positive results until 11 times of nucleic acid tests”  – Tang Yi, head of the Dalian civil affairs bureau.

Along with that, the country is tightening the worker immigration grants and clearly abandoned the travelers from South Africa and the UK effective from 25 December 2020.

 

Impact of Corona Pandemic on China Tourism and the Travel industry

One of the fastest-growing economies in the world, China, shares a great contribution to its GDP from its tourism sector which currently holds a value of 5.73 tr CNY and is expected to jump to 10.93% by 2025. Nearly, 28 million [2] people are engaged in the tourism industry to make China one of the leading world’s tourist destinations with great excursions. After a long stretched vacation deprivation, china tourism is facing great downfalls in its travel revenue due to pandemic restrictions.

In order to put life back to its travel industry, the world’s most-watched inbound and outbound tourism market -China – is all set to regain its dominance in the tourism industry by exclusive travel bubbles to attract global tourists.

Roll out a corona vaccination program 

The country is in the limelight for its homegrown corona vaccine – Sinovac Biotech- which has proven to be 91.25 percent effective [3], according to the recent study by interim data situated in Turkey. The rollout has come as a great hope for the whole world to unlock life back to its previous pace.

“For potential COVID-19 vaccines, the TGA has said it would “ideally like to see vaccine efficacy that is as high as possible”, where vaccines significantly reduce the severity of COVID-19, and “ideally reduces the transmission of disease between individuals”.

Along with many Federal Governments, China is considering a new WHO inspired “an international digital immunization certificate for COVID-19” module to identify and detect people who are vaccinated for easy tracking and monitoring. As part of the scheme, people will be provided with a “vaccine record card” to help know their vaccine history for travel safety.

 

How is this country restarting tourism?

COVID-19 has shattered every sector drastically which has brought a lot of uncertainty to every industry. However, the forbidden city has survived gracefully. The country’s post-pandemic travel recovery has now become the hottest topic for the world to talk about to get inspired to work again [4].

China’s ministry of culture and tourism is resuming the cross-province group tourism in multiple regions across China to boom again.

Most of the cities are now allowed for travel.

 

Where you can travel

China has reopened the borders for cities:

Huangshan, Guilin, Zhangye, Dunhuang, Guizhou Luoyang, Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Xiamen, Datong, Sanya  Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Ningbo, Shaolin, Temple Longmen Grottoes, Li River Cruise, The Ancient City of Ping Yao, Yungang Grottoes, The Hanging Temple, Yangtze River Cruise, Daocheng(Yading), Xinjiang

 

Abandoned areas

  • Tibet
  • Parts of Ganzi Autonomous Prefectures
  • Parts of Aba Autonomous Prefectures

 

Prerequisites for entry [5]

Green health codes of your location and destination

  • Mask
  • Passport
  • 14-day record of travel itinerary
  • Health inquiry form provided by hotels
  • Passport and most recent China entry stamps
  • Nucleic acid test results
  • Entry and exit certificate
  • Accommodation registration form for foreign nationals
  • Certificate of employment
  • A Fit to Fly Certificate

 

Proof of vaccination

The CDC and WHO has given a set of vaccinations travelers must go through for China, that covers [6]:

  • Measles
  • routine vaccines
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Yellow fever

 

What are the high & Medium Risk areas?

According to china’s jurisdiction, travelers with a history of affected areas are not allowed to move to other parts of China. However, if necessary, they have to produce negative nucleic acid test results upon arrival.

Areas with High Risk – Dongshan Street Office in Manzhouli city, Inner Mongolia

 

Areas with Medium Risk Manzhouli city (Xinhua Street Office, North District Street Office and South District Street Office), Hulun Buir (the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Street Offices in Dalai Nur District), Chengdu (Pidu District and Chenghua District), Heilongjiang (Central Community in Dongning city and Qingyun Community in Suifenhe city)

 

China’s Current Entry Policy

 As of September 28th, the jurisdiction of China is practicing entirely new travel protocols which are as follows:

Note: The above-mentioned can be changed as per the Chinese regulations on epidemic prevention and control concerns.

Foreign Nationals holding valid Chinese residence

 

  • Allowed for work, personal matters, and reunion purposes
  • No need for new visas.

 

Foreigner with expired Visa (after March 28)

  • Need to apply for relevant visas by presenting the expired residence permits
  • Under authorized Chinese embassies or consulates

Quarantine policy  

  • 14 days Isolation/quarantine in a state-approved quarantine hotel. Recently extended to 21 days with terms and conditions.
  • Installation of mobile tracing application.

 

Final Wrap Up

China’s tourism industry is booming again with a considerable rise in growth percentage. However, as the new strain is now in the air, it is pivotal to know the new health guidelines by CDC & WHO. This post brings the latest travel update for China to help you plan a safe trip.

 

Ref

[1]https://abcnews.go.com/Health/timeline-coronavirus-started/story?id=69435165

[2]https://www.statista.com/statistics/1109554/china-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-impact-on-domestic-tourism/#:~:text=The%20country’s%20domestic%20tourism%20revenue,the%20whole%20year%20of%202020.

[3] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-13/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccines-russia-china-pfizer-borders-travel/12969604

[4]https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/travel-restrictions-china-due-covid-19

[5] & [6]https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china