Travel and Quarantine Requirements

China (Mainland)

Travel and Entry Requirements

  • Foreign nationals with valid Mainland Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters or reunion are now allowed to enter.
  • Entry ban for foreign nationals who hold the following visas:

    • Chinese visa

    • Resident Permit

    • APEC Business Travel Card

    • Port visa

    • Foreign nationals eligible for the 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy

    • Hainan 30-day visa-free policy

    • 15-day visa-free policy for foreign cruise-groups through Shanghai Port

    • Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR

    • Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries.

  • Foreign nationals with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas and new visa successfully applied for from Chinese embassies or consulates overseas after 28 March 2020 are not affected by the entry ban.

  • Starting 15 March 2021, foreigners who have received Chinese COVID-19 vaccines and obtained the vaccination certificate will enjoy facilitation for visa applications. They should have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines produced in China, either having received two doses of Chinese-made vaccines with the stipulated time gap in between or having received a single-dose of the Chinese-made vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application and obtained the vaccination certificate.

  • Entry ban for all foreign nationals of the following countries, including those who are holding Chinese visa and/or residence permit holders: Bangladesh, Belgium, Ethiopia, France, India, Italy, Philippines, Russia, the United Kingdom and Ukraine.

  • Travellers are required to provide COVID-19 nucleic acid test (PCR test) and an IgM antibody test (serology test) within 2 days before their flight.

  • Submit the Electronic Health Declaration Form online ( and present the “HDC” code upon check in.

  • There’s an Air Travel Pass between Singapore and Mainland China’s six provinces/municipalities (Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang). A visa is required prior to travel and are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement but are subject to a COVID-19 test prior to travel and another test upon arrival.

Quarantine and Health Requirements

  • Travellers from these countries are required to provide a negative COVID-19 certificate
  • Travellers are required to undergo 14 days quarantine at a quarantine facility assigned by the government. Certain cities require additional 7-day home quarantine and 7-day health monitoring. And may also undergo a COVID-19 test upon landing depending on the local authorities requirements.

  • Inter-area/province travel may require extra quarantining, depending on local infection rates.

  • Travellers are advised to check with local authorities, Chinese Embassies, airlines and hotels for more information on the specific requirements before departing. Every city has slightly different travel and quarantine requirements.

Updated as at 13 April 2021

Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19, there has been a constant change in terms of work permit process, timeline, travel restrictions, quarantine period, medical tests as well as insurance requirements etc. All these requirements can change by the respective authorities in both country of work and candidate’s home country from time to time. The process, timeline and costs that Innovare provides is a guideline and is subject to change if any process is being changed. While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure its accuracy at the time of communication, Innovare cannot guarantee nor be liable for such change in timeline or costs arising from any pandemic related factors so please take note of the potentially volatile situation during this period.