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An Update on Entering and Exiting China in 2021

An Update on Entering and Exiting China

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the most essential part of entry and exit is more complicated than just remembering to have your valid ID and visa.  Complying with the different laws and regulations of different countries and regions is now a key factor to consider, in order to prevent the spread of pandemic.

Who can enter China at present?

(from the website of NIA)

1.Chinese citizens;

2.Foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and family reunion purposes.

3.Foreign nationals holding a visa for emergency humanitarian needs.

If the residence permit held by a foreign national expired after 0:00 on March 28th 2020, the holder may apply for relevant visa(s) by presenting the expired residence permit and relevant materials to Chinese embassies or consulates, on the condition that the purpose of the holders’ visit to China remains unchanged.

Holders of a visa alone (issued before 0:00 March 26th 2020), or of valid residence permits for purposes other than work, private issues or family reunion are excluded.

Here is the link to guidance samples for different versions of the permitted residence permits:


(from the website of NIA)

However, with the rapid development of vaccine and wider vaccination, from 15th March 2021 most Chinses Embassies and Consulates would provide the following conveniences for visa applicants who have been inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine produced in China and obtained the vaccination certificate. 

(From Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

Foreign nationals permitted to enter China as mentioned above must strictly abide by China’s regulations on pandemic prevention and control.

What is the current quarantine policy 

for entering China?

There is a strict isolated quarantine and medical observation period of 14 days, 7 days of community health testing, 4 nucleic acid tests on the 1st, 7th, 14th and 21st day after your entry.

Select Foreign Country Entry Policy

the United States

Students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas intending to begin or continue an academic program commencing August 1st 2021 or later do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel. They may enter the United States directly no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies, which means they don’t need to transfer in a third country. 

For entry, you need to present your negative report of COVID-19 nucleic acid test issued within 72 hours before your departure.


You may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements from July 5th 2021 23:59 if you:

1/  are eligible to enter Canada ;

2/  are asymptomatic;

3/ meet the Government of Canada requirements for fully vaccinated travelers ;

4/ meet all other entry requirements, including entering your information in the ArriveCAN system before arrival.

Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from:

1/ quarantine

2/ hotel stopover (for air travelers)

3/ day-8 testing requirement

Travel restrictions on who can enter Canada remain in place.

Foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) coming to Canada for non-essential purposes will be turned away at the border.

South Korea

At present, South Korea’s business visa, family visit visa, and all types of study Visa are available for entry. But tourist visas are not valid yet.

For entry, you need to present the below documents:

1/ your negative report of COVID-19 nucleic acid test issued within 72 hours before your departure;

2/ valid passport and related visa;

3/ itinerary.

From July 1st 2021, those people who have been fully vaccinated with the vaccine approved by the WHO can be exempted from quarantine inspection for the purpose of visiting their immediate family members or for business, academic or public welfare purposes when they enter South Korea.


As the pandemic is evolving constantly, the relevant policies of each country should be based on the latest one issued by the local authorities.

You may be subject to pandemic inspections and testing on all legs of the journey to your destination. Please keep wearing your mask and any other protective gear, abide by the protocols of relevant local authorities. 

If you have the symptoms like fever or coughing, please follow local authorities’ arrangements strictly.

We wish everyone a safe and sound journey. ? 

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