China reopens borders for more foreign nationals

China reopen its borders slowly to selected travelers from Europe but with strict guidelines.China initially suspended entry for almost all foreigners and slashed the extent of worldwide passenger flights to and from the country earlier this year in March.As of August 10th, 2020, China reopen borders slowly and cautiously and could now permit access for some travelers from a list of European countries.

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For which travelers is China reopen borders – who will be allowed?

Prior to the new announcement, the only foreign nationals allowed to come to China were the ones who were deemed vital for economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergent humanitarian needs.Selected business travellers are also allowed access to a few Chinese cities, coming from South Korea and Singapore.Now, the Chinese authorities are allowing for the following nationals to apply for a visa to go to China:

-Those who have legitimate residence permits

-Those with valid work permits

-Those with permits for family reunion and private matters

Travelers might also apply for a visa at a Chinese embassy or consulate in the following locations.Countries Allowed To Apply For a Visa To Visit China. The following locations are allowed to apply for a Chinese visa:

  • Albania
  • Ireland
  • Estonia
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • North Macedonia
  • Belgium
  • Iceland
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Poland
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • France
  • Finland
  • Netherlands
  • Montenegro
  • Czech Republic
  • Croatia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Romania
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Serbia
  • Cyprus
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom

After coming into China, the authorities is asking visitors to follow the epidemic prevention guidelines in the regions they will visit.

Is China reopen borders For Tourism?

China is not open for tourism and no date has been set for resuming it.

Can Passengers Transit Through Airports in China?

No, international passengers can not use China airports for transiting to other international locations.

International Flights

All global passenger flights to Beijing will be diverted to sixteen airports in Chengdu, Changsha, Hefei, Lanzhou, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Hohhot, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Xi’an and Wuhan. A small amount of global flights also are operating direct between European cities and Shanghai, Guangzhou and Qingdao.

What Can Travelers Expect When Arriving in China?

Health guidelines surrounding passengers coming back from foreign countries are constantly changing. You should contact the Chinese Embassy in your country before you travel, if you have any questions concerning those entry requirements, quarantine regulations or the requirements for individual cities.

Quarantine Requirements and Testing

All foreign passenger arrivals are subject to health checks (possibly including nucleic acid or swab checks), including transit, followed by a centralized quarantine duration of at the least 14 days – for which the traveller has to bear the costs.Quarantine is normally spent at either a centralised government hotel or your home. Family individuals of someone who has been tested positive, or the ones who’ve been in contact, are required to enter a government quarantine hospital.

What to Expect at a China Quarantine:

Unless directed by the government you aren’t allowed to depart your designated quarantine place for 14 days. This means you also are not able to leave China during the quarantine.Depending on the quarantine place, facilities can be basic: there might not be a fridge, no air-conditioning, and restricted or no internet/wifi.

During your stay you may be accountable for cleaning services of your room.If food aren’t available at the quarantine place, you’ll need to arrange food orders by outside delivery.Larger sized households with parents could be separated into 2 rooms.If you’re on prescription medicine ensure you carry sufficiently with you to last for at the least three to four weeks including with medical documentation that you need to take this medicine. Check Health authorities for additional information.Failure to comply with the quarantine requirements or check ups set up at your location, or any attempts to intentionally hide health conditions can result in being sentenced to up to 3 years in prison. This applies to Chinese as well as overseas nationals.

There is moderate easing on quarantine regulations as cities like Shanghai are implementing a different 7+7 quarantine model with 7-days at a government hotel and 7-days at home.

The quarantine requirements very also between cities. There are even examples that the 14-days quarantine at the entry city has been doubled whilst the traveller returns to their destination city. Their destination city required a second period of 14-days quarantine. Although that is rare, and no longer official, it’s crucial to check the guidelines for your destination and your personal housing compound as there may be a slight differences between cities.

Hopefully we from TeachDiscoverChina will also soon reopen opportunities to work and live in this amazing country. Watch this space!

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