Starting August 30, 2023, travelers coming to China will no longer need to take a COVID-19 nucleic acid or antigen test before entering the country. Furthermore, travelers will not be required to report their COVID-19 test results on the “People’s Republic of China Exit/Entry Health Declaration Card.”
This change in policy was announced by the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan on August 28, 2023. It represents a significant shift in China’s entry requirements, reflecting the evolving global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the past, travelers heading to China had to undergo pre-entry testing to ensure they were not carrying the virus. These tests typically included nucleic acid and antigen tests, which detect the presence of the virus in a person’s system. Additionally, travelers were required to report their test results on the health declaration card, a document used for monitoring the health status of individuals entering or leaving the country.
The decision to eliminate pre-entry testing and reporting requirements suggests a level of confidence in China’s ability to manage and control the spread of COVID-19. It also aligns with the global trend of easing travel restrictions as vaccination rates increase and the pandemic is better understood.
While travelers will no longer be required to provide pre-entry test results, it’s essential to note that other health and safety measures, such as temperature checks and health screenings upon arrival, may still be in place. Travelers are advised to stay informed about the latest entry requirements and guidelines issued by the Chinese authorities.
This change in policy is likely to be welcomed by travelers, as it simplifies the entry process into China. It may also encourage more people to consider visiting or conducting business in the country, promoting international travel and trade.
It’s important to remember that the COVID-19 situation can evolve rapidly, and policies can change accordingly. Travelers planning trips to China should check with their airlines and the Chinese embassy or consulate in their home country for the most up-to-date information on entry requirements, testing, and health protocols.