Travel Restrictions in China Mainland, HK, Macao and Taiwan

This page lists the travel restrictions in Greater China Region: China Mainland, Hong Kong S.A.R, Macao S.A.R, and Taiwan as specified by the UK’s Foreign travel advice.

RegionDetailed Regulations
Mainland ChinaVisa Requirements:
Eligibility for visas for travel to China remains restricted. At present, visas are issued for:
– Applicants who have obtained an “Invitation Letter” or “Verification Confirmation of Invitation” issued by a provincial foreign affairs office or department of commerce (M or F visa)
– Applicants who have obtained a “Notification Letter of Foreigners Work Permit” (Z visa)
– Applicants intending to visit a family member with a Z, M, or F visa
– Applicants intending to visit a family member who is a Chinese citizen or who holds a Chinese permanent residence permit
– Applicants (including dependents) who qualify for a high-level talent (R) visa
– Applicants who qualify for a C visa

COVID-19 Entry Requirements (from 8 January 2023):
If you are due to arrive in China on or after 8 January 2023, China time, you will need a negative PCR test.
You must submit your negative PCR test result by filling in the Health Declaration Form via the China Customs website, or through the China Customs App or WeChat account.
Anyone reporting a positive test result will not be permitted to board a flight to China.
Passengers entering China displaying symptoms of fever, or with an abnormal Health Declaration, may be asked to undertake an antigen test on arrival.
Those who test positive will be released to self-quarantine if symptoms are mild, or recommended to go to a medical institution for diagnosis and treatment if symptoms are more severe.
Hong Kong S.A.R.– As of February 6, non-Hong Kong residents are no longer required to have all necessary vaccinations in order to enter Hong Kong from abroad. No vaccination record or proof of immunization is required to enter Hong Kong.
– Travellers departing for Hong Kong will need to provide a negative rapid antigen test result for COVID-19, taken no more than 24 hours prior to departure, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before departure.
– You should keep photos showing the negative rapid antigen test result or the test report for a negative polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test.
– You can also voluntarily declare the test result via the Department of Health’s electronic health declaration form.
– All inbound travelers are advised to conduct daily rapid antigen tests from the day of arrival into Hong Kong (i.e. Day 0) and Day 5 after arrival.
– If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to self-isolate for a minimum of 5 days at your original accommodation or hotel.
– Further details can be found in the latest guidance issued by the Hong Kong SAR Government.
Macau S.A.R.– Prior to boarding a flight to Macao, inbound travelers are not required to show documentation of their immunizations.
– Other than from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, visitors entering Macao from abroad are required to present a negative quick antigen test result or nucleic acid test result for COVID-19 taken no more than 48 hours before arrival.
– A certificate can be used as evidence of a negative nucleic acid test outcome.
Macao’s Rapid Antigen Test Reporting Platform is where the results of your fast antigen test should be posted.
– If you entered Macao from overseas or Taiwan and desire to go to Mainland China within seven days, you must present a negative nucleic acid test result for COVID-19 taken no more than 48 hours before departure.
Taiwan– Will be expected newcomers from abroad to Taiwan to observe a 7-day “self-initiated epidemic prevention” period.
– Passengers 2 years of age and older will receive one self-administered quick COVID-19 test kit upon arrival.
– Only if you experience symptoms within your seven-day self-initiated epidemic prevention period will you be required to undergo a quick test.
– It is permissible for travelers arriving in Taiwan from abroad to use public transportation.
– For the duration of your seven-day self-initiated epidemic prevention period, you are free to leave your lodging whenever you like. Yet while you’re not inside your lodging, you should put on a mask.
Source: Foreign travel advice UK