Travel Bans and Travel Restrictions to Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

RegionEntry StatusDetailed Regulations
Mainland ChinaPartially RestrictedTesting Requirements for Outbound Travelers from Guangdong Province
From June 7, 2021, all persons seeking to depart Guangdong Province for any destination (including other locations in Mainland China) must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 48 hours prior to departure using a nucleic acid test. This policy is in addition to any other requirements in force at the destination location.
Resumption of Visa Processing for Vaccinated Persons
Various Chinese embassies and consulates have announced an easing of visa restrictions for persons who can prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with a China-produced vaccine. Foreign nationals holding proof of vaccination with a China-produced vaccine, and their family members, may apply for a visa to travel to Mainland China for the resumption of work or for other permitted activities without producing additional documentation such as letters of invitation. This policy only applies to visa processing services offered by Chinese embassies and consulates in select locations. Travelers should contact their local Chinese embassy or consulate to determine if they are eligible to apply.
Requirements for Travel to Mainland China
Entry restrictions for Mainland China vary depending on departure location. All travelers are strongly advised to check with a local Chinese embassy or consulate in each jurisdiction they intend to pass through in order to confirm all testing and document verification requirements. All persons (including Chinese nationals) traveling from abroad to destinations in Mainland China must have proof of dual negative results for COVID-19 using both a nucleic acid test and a serological test for IgM antibodies. Both tests must be performed no more than 48 hours prior to departure and results must be submitted for approval to a local Chinese embassy or consulate. Chinese nationals may use the new “International Travel Health Certificate” available as a WeChat mini program. Alternatively, Chinese nationals may upload test results into their mobile Health QR Code app in order to obtain a “green” code containing an “HS” designation, which they must present to airline staff prior to boarding. Foreign nationals are advised to check with their local Chinese embassy or consulate for instructions on how to submit copies of their negative test results, their passport information page, and a signed health declaration form for inspection and verification. Foreign nationals from certain countries and regions will, upon verification of their information, receive a QR code containing an “HDC” designation, which they must present to airline staff prior to boarding. Whenever possible, travelers are strongly encouraged to book direct flights to China in order to avoid complications with testing and document verification in connecting locations. Limited exemptions to this policy exist. All persons (including Chinese nationals) must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated location upon arrival in Mainland China. This policy includes an option for persons entering via Shanghai to undergo a 7-day quarantine in a designated location followed by 7 days of self-isolation at home. Be advised, many provincial authorities in China have implemented additional policies and restrictions on both Chinese and foreign nationals.
“Fast Lane” Immigration Clearance for Singaporean Nationals
Singaporean nationals traveling to one of the following 6 provinces or municipalities in China for business purposes may qualify for special “fast lane” immigration clearance: Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin, or Zhejiang. To use “fast lane,” travelers must be sponsored by either a company or a government agency in China, which will file an application on the traveler’s behalf with local provincial or municipal authorities. If approved, the traveler will receive an official invitation letter. Travelers must then apply for a visa from the Chinese embassy in Singapore and submit a health declaration to Chinese authorities.
No more than 48 hours prior to departure, “fast lane” travelers must undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19. Airlines will conduct pre-boarding checks to verify the traveler holds approval for “fast lane” clearance, a negative PCR test result, a return air ticket, and a valid visa. Failure to produce these documents may result in a denial of permission to board the aircraft.
Upon arrival, “fast lane” travelers will undergo an additional PCR test and a serology test at their own expense. Travelers must then remain in a location designated by the local provincial or municipal government while awaiting their test results. Upon confirmation of a negative test result, the host company or government agency will ensure the traveler is transported between their designated accommodation and workplace for the duration of their stay. “Fast lane” travelers are required to use the local “Health QR code” system for the duration of their stay in China. “Fast lane” travelers are not permitted to use public transportation while in China.
“Fast-Track” Immigration Clearance for Korean Nationals
Korean nationals traveling to China for business purposes may qualify for special “fast-track” immigration clearance provided they meet the following criteria:
1) They are sponsored by a Korean or Chinese firm in China that has successfully applied for permission to use the “fast-track” program;
2) They hold a letter of invitation from the sponsoring firm;
3) They were issued a valid visa by a Chinese embassy or consulate in Korea.
Prior to departing for China, persons using the “fast-track” program must:
1) Self-monitor for 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19;
2) Obtain a certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to scheduled departure from a healthcare provider designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare stating they have tested negative for COVID-19.
Upon arrival in China, persons using the “fast-track” program must:
1) Undergo 1-2 days quarantine at a designated location;
2) Test negative for COVID-19 on both a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and a serological (antibody) test;
3) Use prearranged transportation to their final destination upon confirmation of negative test results.
Korea nationals using the “fast-track” program are restricted to the following regions in China: Anhui Province, Chongqing Municipality, Guangdong Province, Jiangsu Province, Liaoning Province, Shaanxi Province, Shandong Province, Shanghai Municipality, Sichuan Province, and Tianjin Municipality.
Quarantine-Free Entry for Persons Traveling from Macau SAR
Persons traveling from Macau SAR to destinations in Mainland China are eligible for quarantine-free entry provided they meet the following criteria:
1) They hold valid travel documents to visit Mainland China;
2) They have not traveled outside Macau SAR or Mainland China during the 14 consecutive days prior to their intended arrival in Mainland China;
3) They hold proof of a negative test for COVID-19 issued no more than 7 days prior to departure using a PCR test, or can show their official health code contains that information;
4) They comply with all relevant epidemic prevention and control measures including submitting a health declaration form upon arrival in Mainland China.
Persons unable to satisfy these requirements will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
All Others
The following policies are in place:
1) Residents of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan must undergo a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 and a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Mainland China. This policy provides a limited exemption for travelers from Macau SAR (see above);
2) The following visa-free or temporary visa arrangements are temporarily suspended:
Port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit, Hainan 30-day visa-free entry, 15-day visa-free entry for foreign cruise ships or groups tours at Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free entry for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free entry for foreign tour groups from ASEAN countries.
3) Diplomatic, service, courtesy, or “C” visas are not impacted;
4) Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities, or for emergency humanitarian needs may continue to apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Foreign nationals holding visas issued after these policies were implemented may enter China.
Hong Kong S.A.R.Entry ProhibitedFrom June 4, 2021, all non-residents seeking to travel by air from overseas locations (except those who have only stayed in Australia, New Zealand in the past 14 days) are prohibited from entering HKSAR. All persons (including HKSAR residents) who have visited the following “extremely high-risk” locations for more than 2 hours at any point within 21 days of their scheduled departure are prohibited from entering HKSAR:
– Brazil
– India
– Nepal
– Pakistan
– Philippines
– South Africa 
All persons (including HKSAR residents) authorized to travel from Ireland must, prior to boarding flights bound for HKSAR, present proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a nucleic acid test and must have confirmation (in English or Chinese) of a booking at a designated quarantine hotel for not less than 21 nights. Upon arrival, such persons must undergo a 21-day quarantine followed by 7 days of self-monitoring and additional testing for COVID-19 on the 26th day following their arrival in HKSAR.
All persons (including HKSAR residents) who have visited any of the following “high-risk” locations within 21 days of their scheduled departure must, prior to boarding flights bound for HKSAR, present proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a nucleic acid test and must have confirmation (in English or Chinese) of a booking at a designated quarantine hotel for not less than 21 nights:
– Argentina
– Bangladesh
– Belgium
– Cambodia
– Canada
– Ecuador
– Egypt
– Ethiopia
– France
– Germany
– Indonesia
– Italy
– Japan
– Kazakhstan
– Kenya
– Malaysia
– Netherlands
– Romania
– Russia
– Singapore
– Switzerland
– Thailand
– Turkey
– Ukraine
– United Arab Emirates
– United Kingdom
– United States
– Vietnam
Upon arrival, such persons must undergo a 21-day quarantine. Persons traveling from these locations who hold proof they have completed a full vaccination regimen with a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the HKSAR government are eligible for a reduced quarantine period of 14 days. Such persons must self-monitor for an additional 7 days and undergo testing for COVID-19 on both the 16th day and the 19th day following their arrival in HKSAR.
All persons (including HKSAR residents) traveling from Australia or New Zealand must, prior to boarding flights bound for HKSAR, present confirmation (in English or Chinese) of a booking at a designated quarantine hotel for not less than 14 nights. Upon arrival, such persons must undergo a 14-day quarantine followed by 7 days of self-monitoring and additional testing for COVID-19 on both the 16th day and the 19th day following their arrival in HKSAR. Persons traveling from these locations who hold proof they have completed a full vaccination regimen with a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the HKSAR government are eligible for a reduced quarantine period of 7 days. Such persons must self-monitor for an additional 7 days and undergo testing for COVID-19 on the 12th day following their arrival in HKSAR.
All non-residents who, within 14 days of their scheduled departure, have visited any location outside Mainland China, Macau SAR, or Taiwan are prohibited from entering HKSAR. All persons (including HKSAR residents) arriving from Mainland China, Macau SAR, or Taiwan who have not visited any other location within 14 days of their scheduled departure must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Persons who hold proof they have completed a full vaccination regimen with a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the HKSAR government are eligible for a reduced quarantine period of 7 days. Such persons must self-monitor for an additional 7 days and undergo testing for COVID-19 on the 12th day following their arrival in HKSAR. This policy does not apply to persons traveling from Taiwan. Such persons must undergo either a 21-day or a 14-day quarantine and up to 4 additional tests for COVID-19 depending on their vaccination status following their arrival in HKSAR.
HKSAR residents who, within 21 days of their scheduled departure, have visited any other location not specifically mentioned above must, prior to boarding flights bound for HKSAR, present confirmation (in English or Chinese) of a booking at a designated quarantine hotel for not less than 21 nights. Upon arrival, such persons must undergo a 21-day quarantine. Persons traveling from such locations who hold proof they have completed a full vaccination regimen with a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the HKSAR government are eligible for a reduced quarantine period of 14 days. Such persons must self-monitor for an additional 7 days and undergo testing for COVID-19 on both the 16th day and the 19th day following their arrival in HKSAR.
All persons (including HKSAR residents), regardless of travel origin, must submit an online health declaration form and obtain a QR code for use upon arrival in HKSAR. Health declaration forms are available at the following URL: https://www.chp.gov.hk/hdf
Quarantine-Free Entry with “Return2hk Scheme” 
Hong Kong SAR residents returning from Macau SAR or Mainland China may be eligible for special quarantine-free entry under the so-called “Return2hk Scheme.” Residents must make a reservation online and receive confirmation prior to departure. The daily limit on returnees via the Shenzhen Bay Port is 3,000, the daily limit via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is 2,000, and the daily limit via Hong Kong International Airport is 1,000. All reservations are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-transferable. Residents seeking to use the Return2hk Scheme must obtain proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test performed by a testing provider recognized by the HKSAR government. Upon arrival at the boundary control point, residents traveling under the Return2hk Scheme must present a valid Hong Kong SAR Identity Card, a Return2hk reservation confirmation, and proof of a negative RT-PCR test result. Additional information is available at the following URL: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/return2hk-scheme.html
Post-Arrival Testing and Quarantine
All persons arriving at Hong Kong International Airport who are not exhibiting symptoms will be taken to a designated location and tested for COVID-19. All persons are required to wait onsite for their test results. Those who test negative will be instructed on how to proceed directly to their homes or a designated quarantine facility where they must complete their mandatory 14-day or 21-day quarantine.
Mandatory quarantine requirements do not apply to cross-boundary travelers provided they fall into one of the following categories:
1) Persons necessary for the supply of goods or services required for the normal operation of Hong Kong SAR or the daily needs of the people of Hong Kong SAR; 
2) Persons necessary for governmental operation;
3) Persons necessary to protect the health or safety of the people of Hong Kong SAR or to handle the public health emergency;
4) Persons receiving nursery, kindergarten, primary, or secondary education at any school registered under the Education Ordinance (Cap. 279) in Hong Kong SAR, persons providing such education, or persons necessary for the safe travelling of any persons arriving in Hong Kong SAR for the purposes outlined in this clause;
5) Persons whose entry is deemed to serve the public interest of Hong Kong SAR; or
6) Persons traveling for purposes relating to manufacturing operations, business activities, or the provision of professional services deemed to be in the interest of economic development in Hong Kong SAR.
Mandatory quarantine requirements do not apply to persons arriving from foreign places provided they fall into one of the following categories:
1) Persons necessary for the supply of goods or services required for the normal operation of Hong Kong SAR or the daily needs of the people of Hong Kong SAR;
2) Persons necessary for governmental operation;
3) Persons necessary to protect the health or safety of the people of Hong Kong SAR or to handle the public health emergency; or
4) Persons whose entry is deemed to serve the public interest of Hong Kong SAR.
Macau S.A.R.From June 11, 2021, all persons (including Macau SAR residents) seeking to enter Macau SAR via Guangdong Province in Mainland China must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 48 hours prior to departure using a nucleic acid test. Additionally, all persons who have visited one of following locations in Mainland China within 14 days of their intended arrival in Macau SAR must, at the discretion of Macau SAR health authorities, undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated location:
Guangdong Province
Chancheng District or Nanhai District in Foshan City
Dianbai District in Maoming City
Haizhu District, Liwan District, Nansha District, Panyu District, or Yuexiu District in Guangzhou City
Longgang District or Yantian District in Shenzhen City
Tanba Town in Wuchuan City
Zhanjiang City
All non-residents arriving from overseas are prohibited from entering Macau SAR. This policy does not apply to residents of Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, and Taiwan provided they have not traveled to any other country or region within 21 days of their intended departure for Macau SAR. This policy also provides limited exemptions for non-resident foreigners arriving from Mainland China provided such persons meet certain visa requirements and have not traveled outside Mainland China during the 21 days prior to their intended departure for Macau SAR. Non-resident foreigners seeking to enter Macao SAR for family reunions or who have a close connection to Macau SAR may apply for special entry permission from the Macau SAR Health Bureau provided they meet certain requirements. Non-resident foreigners whose recent travel history includes locations outside China may still be eligible to enter Macau SAR provided they meet certain criteria. All persons responsible for underage children traveling to Macau SAR by air must, at least 7 days prior to the scheduled departure of the underage traveler, submit a “Declaration of Underage Passengers Entering Macao SAR to Undergo Medical Observation” form to the relevant airline. Failure to do so may result in travelers being prohibited from boarding flights bound for Macau SAR. Declaration forms are available online at the following URI (in Chinese): https://www.aacm.gov.mo/images/download1/2021012510104159.pdf
All persons traveling to Macau SAR who, within 14 days of their arrival, have visited Hong Kong SAR must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 24 hours prior to departure using a nucleic acid test. Upon arrival, such persons must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility. All persons who, within 14 days of their arrival have visited Mainland China and who not visited any foreign country within 21 days of their intended arrival, must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 7 days prior to departure using a nucleic acid test. This policy does not apply to persons traveling from Guangdong Province. Such persons must carry proof of a negative nucleic acid test result issued no more than 48 hours prior to departure. Additionally, all persons who have visited certain regions in Mainland China are subject to a 14-day quarantine in a designated facility upon arrival in Macao SAR. All persons who, within 21 days of their arrival, have visited Taiwan must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a nucleic acid test. Upon arrival, such persons must undergo a 21-day quarantine at a designated facility followed by 7 days of self-health management. Macau SAR residents who have visited Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, or the Philippines within 28 days of their scheduled return to Macau SAR must carry: 1) proof of three separate negative nucleic acid test results for COVID-19 issued within 7 days of each other with each test occurring at least 24 hours apart and the final test occurring no more than 72 hours prior to departure, and 2) proof of a negative result for IgM antibodies using a serological test or proof they have completed a full vaccination regimen using a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by Macau SAR authorities. All tests and documentation requirements must be performed by providers recognized by a local Chinese embassy or consulate. Upon arrival, such persons must undergo a 28-day or a 35-day quarantine at a designated facility. Macau SAR residents traveling from any other location not specifically mentioned above must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a nucleic acid test and undergo a 21-day or a 28-day quarantine at a designated facility upon arrival. Additional information is available via the following URL: https://www.ssm.gov.mo/apps1/PreventCOVID-19/en.aspx#clg17049
TaiwanEntry ProhibitedFrom May 19, 2021, all non-Taiwanese residents are prohibited from entering Taiwan. This policy does not apply to persons holding an “Alien Residential Certificate” (ARC), or to persons authorized to travel for emergency or humanitarian reasons. Non-Taiwanese residents who, within 14 days of their intended departure, have visited or transited through India are prohibited from entering Taiwan.
Upon arrival, all persons (including Taiwanese residents) must present a certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. This policy does not apply to persons traveling from locations where self-paid COVID-19 tests are not available or to persons traveling emergency or humanitarian reasons. In all cases of exemption, travelers must sign an affidavit attesting to their purpose and produce supporting documentation. Such persons may be asked to undergo COVID-19 testing at their own expense in Taiwan. Additionally upon arrival, all persons (including Taiwanese residents) must undergo a 14-day quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel or abide by the “one person per residence requirement” for self-isolation at home. Travelers are required to make sign an affidavit stating that the location of their intended 14-day quarantine conforms to relevant regulations.
All persons arriving in Taiwan are required to submit a health declaration via the mobile website of the “Quarantine System of Entry” prior to boarding flights bound for Taiwan. Confirmation of this declaration is required upon entry. Health declaration forms are available online at the following URL: https://hdhq.mohw.gov.tw/
Source: trip.com