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Travel Restrictions in China Mainland, HK, Macao and Taiwan

This page lists the travel restrictions in Greater China Region: Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong S.A.R, Macao S.A.R and Taiwan as listed by Cathay Pacific.

RegionEntry StatusDetailed Regulations
Mainland ChinaSeverely Restricted– Most international travelers are not allowed to enter or transit through mainland China.
– Travelers who transit through a third country on their way to mainland China must receive a new health code in that country and repeat their pre-departure COVID-19 tests.
– Travelers should avoid traveling on indirect flights to mainland China and must check with their local Chinese embassy or consulate if direct flights are not available.

Entry restrictions do not apply to:
– Chinese citizens;
– Diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visas;
– Foreigners with a Chinese Residence Permit issued by China (People’s Rep.) for the purpose of work, personal matters or reunions;
– Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Taiwan passport holders traveling to Mainland China on their relevant entry permit;
– Foreign nationals with a visa issued on or after 28 March 2020;
– Foreign nationals holding a Chinese Mainland Permanent Resident Card;
– International travelers coming to mainland China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates.

Quarantine:
– Travelers are subject to health checks (likely involving nucleic acid or swab tests), including during transit, followed by a 14-day quarantine at a government-selected facility or hotel at the traveler’s expense.
– During this period follow-up COVID-19 tests are likely to take place.
– Those failing health checks or with positive COVID-19 test results may be sent to a designated hospital for treatment.
– Travelers entering Beijing will be subject to an additional 7-day quarantine and 7-day health surveillance.

COVID-19 Testing:
– Travelers are required to have 2 negative COVID-19 PCR test results. The first PCR test must be taken a maximum of 48 hours before boarding.  The second COVID-19 PCR test results must be taken a maximum of 12 hours before boarding.
– Alternatively, travelers may take a second COVID-19 PCR test results a maximum of 24 before boarding to mainland China, plus they are required to take a COVID-19 antigen test results a maximum of 12 hours before boarding.
– Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates.
– Travelers must apply for a green health QR code with the “HS” mark (for Chinese nationals) or “HDC” mark (for foreign nationals) or a certified health declaration form from the Chinese consulate in the country of origin before boarding the flight.
– Alternatively, travelers may get their code online.
Hong Kong S.A.R.Moderately Restricted Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Hong Kong SAR. Please check the documentation, quarantine, and/or testing requirements before traveling.

Quarantine:
– The basic quarantine requirement for travelers from overseas is to quarantine for 14 days at a Designated Quarantine Hotel (DQH).
– Fully vaccinated travelers have the option of ending quarantine after 7 days.
– Fully vaccinated travelers opting for early discharge from quarantine with a 7-night accommodation booking at a Designated Quarantine Hotel (DQH) can end quarantine with negative test results from a COVID-19 PCR test on day 5 and rapid antigen tests on days 6 and 7.
– These travelers are required to continue with 7 days of self-monitoring and take COVID-19 PCR tests on days 9 and12 after arrival in Hong Kong SAR.
– This also applies to unvaccinated children under the age of 12 accompanied by fully vaccinated parents.
– Travelers completing the full quarantine duration with a 14-night accommodation booking at a Designated Quarantine Hotel (DQH) must take daily COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, and 3 COVID-19 PCR tests on days 5, 9, and 12.
– These travelers can exit quarantine with negative test results from a COVID-19 PCR test on day 12 and a rapid antigen (RAT) test on day 14.

COVID-19 Testing:
– Travelers arriving from overseas must have a negative COVID-19 PCR nucleic acid test result.
– The test must be taken a maximum of 48 hours before the scheduled departure time of the last flight to Hong Kong SAR.
– Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 14 to 90 days before boarding for Hong Kong are required to have a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) test a maximum of 24 hours before the scheduled time of departure to Hong Kong.
– For more details, please see the source
– This requirement does not apply to travelers under the age of 3.
Macau S.A.R.Severely Restricted Travelers from overseas are not allowed to enter Macau SAR.
Entry restrictions do not apply to:
– Fully vaccinated Macau SAR residents;
– Unvaccinated Macau SAR residents under the age of 12.

Quarantine:
Travelers must undergo 14 days of medical observation and practice 7 days of strict self-health management.

COVID-19 Testing:
Travelers who have been overseas must have a negative COVID-19 test result.
The test must be a nucleic acid test issued a maximum of 48 hours before departure to Macau SAR.
Travelers infected with COVID-19 in the last 2 months are required to take 3 consecutive negative COVID-19 antigen or nucleic acid test results (each test at least 24 hours apart) at least 14 days before departure to Macau SAR.
TaiwanModerately Restricted Most international travelers are not allowed to enter Taiwan.
Travelers can apply for a special entry permit at the Taipei Representative Office (TRO) in the country from which they plan to travel but travel for tourism, and regular social visits will not be allowed.
Entry restrictions do not apply to:
– Residents of Taiwan;
– Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) holders;
– Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC) holders;
– For diplomatic or official business;
– To fulfill contractual obligations;
– For special humanitarian reasons;
– The spouse or the underage child of a R.O.C. (Taiwan) national;
– Students, professors, and researchers;
– Business travelers.

Quarantine:
Travelers are required to quarantine for 7 days on arrival, followed by 7 days of self-health management.
Travelers may quarantine at home or at a residence.
If the rule of 1 person per residence cannot be followed, travelers are required to quarantine at a hotel.
Travelers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at the airport and a second test on day 7 using at-home COVID-19 rapid test kits.
One additional rapid test kit will be provided and can be used if symptoms appear during quarantine.
At-home rapid test kits will be provided to inbound travelers at the airport on arrival.

COVID-19 Testing:
All travelers, including those in transit, must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result.
The result must be issued a maximum of 2 days before boarding their flight. The certificate should be in English or Chinese.
The 2-day period means 2 calendar days and is counted from the “specimen collection date”.
Travelers who fail to comply will be fined NT$10,000 to NT$150,000.
Travelers may be exempt from the requirement if:
– Traveling for emergency reasons; -Traveling from a country where testing is not available;
– Travelers under the age of 7 may be eligible to take a self-paid COVID-19 test in Taiwan.
– They must also sign the entry quarantine affidavit and provide verifying documents.
Please see the source for more details.
Source: Cathay Pacific