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The government of China announced that the country would lift COVID-19 restrictions for all international travelers on January 8, 2023. The country has been under strict COVID-19 measures since March 2020.

Many governments across the globe are beginning to introduce new entry measures for travelers departing the region due to concerns about new variants and vaccination rates in China. Below is a list of updates.

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AUSTRALIA

The government of Australia will introduce pre-departure testing measures for travelers departing from China, Hong Kong, and Macau beginning January 5, 2023. These travelers must undergo COVID-19 PCR testing up to 48 hours before departure.

CANADA

Beginning January 5, 2023, the government of Canada announced that all travelers over the age of two departing from China, Hong Kong, and Macau would be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 48 hours before departure. Approved tests include PCR tests or antigen tests.

Travelers who tested positive more than ten days before their departure flight, but no more than 90 days, can provide the airline with documentation of their initial positive test in place of a negative test result.

According to the government announcement, these measures will remain in place for 30 days.

COSTA RICA

The government of Costa Rica announced that travelers who have visited China, Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan within the past 14 days would be required to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test or rapid antigen test taken no more than 72 hours before entry into Costa Rica. Travelers over the age of 12 departing from these locations are also required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

CYPRUS

The government of Cyprus introduced additional COVID-19 entry measures for travelers from China on January 15, 2023. As a result, all travelers aged 12 and older departing from China will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure.

EUROPEAN UNION

The European Commission released a statement regarding travel to and from China to coordinate member states’ travel approaches. In the announcement, the Commission urges states to consider implementing additional entry testing measures at international airports, encouraging travelers to wear masks while traveling and implementing pre-departure COVID-19 testing, if necessary.

FRANCE

The government of France will require all travelers over the age of six arriving from China to wear a mask when traveling. Effective January 5, 2023, the government will require all travelers over the age of 11 coming from China to provide proof of the following:

  • A COVID-19 PCR or antigen test was taken no more than 48 hours before departure
  • A signed certificate attesting that the traveler:
    • Has no symptoms of COVID-19
    • Has not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 day
    • Agrees to undergo randomized PCR testing upon arrival
    • Agrees to undergo additional testing up to 15 days after arrival in France
    • Agrees to undergo a seven-day isolation period if the traveler tests positive for COVID-19

GERMANY

The government of Germany will require travelers from China to present proof of a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test upon arrival. The government will also take additional steps to monitor for spikes in COVID-19 rates and implement other measures accordingly.

ISRAEL

On January 6, 2023, the government of Israel introduced additional COVID-19 entry measures for travelers arriving from China. As a result, travelers who have departed from China or who have been in China within seven days before departure for Israel will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel.

These measures will not apply to Israeli citizens, permanent and temporary resident holders, spouses, or minors of Israeli citizens.

JAPAN

The government of Japan announced that all travelers departing from China (except Hong Kong and Macau), or individuals who have traveled through the country in the last seven days, will be required to undergo an on-arrival COVID-19 test effective December 30, 2022

In addition, travelers arriving or who have traveled through China in the last seven days who cannot provide proof of vaccination will be required to undergo pre-departure COVID-19 testing.

LUXEMBOURG

The government of Luxembourg introduced additional travel recommendations for travelers arriving from or traveling to China, including being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wearing a mask while traveling, and social distancing when possible.

NETHERLANDS

The government of the Netherlands will require all travelers over the age of 11 from China to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for the Netherlands, effective January 10, 2023.

The negative test must be taken at most 48 hours before departure and be either a NAAT, PCR, or rapid antigen test. Travelers will be required to provide proof of the negative test result upon arrival at Schiphol airport. The test must be translated into Dutch or English.

PHILIPPINES

The government of the Philippines intends to introduce additional COVID-19 travel measures for travelers departing from China.

SINGAPORE

The government of Singapore announced that travelers from China would no longer be subject to quarantine measures upon entry, effective January 8, 2023. However, all travelers entering Singapore from China must undergo PCR testing 48 hours before departure.

As part of the pre-departure process, travelers departing from China will be required to submit a pre-departure form, which includes information on the PCR test result, a verification QR code, and any other passenger contact information.

Travelers will not be required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival.

Visa-exempt entry for Chinese nationals has not resumed. Citizens of China will need to continue to apply for a visa to enter Singapore.

SOUTH KOREA

The government of South Korea announced that it will restrict the issuance of short-term visas to nationals of China until January 31, 2023.

In addition, all travelers arriving from China will be required to submit a negative PCR test result taken at most 48 hours before departure or a rapid antigen test was taken within 24 hours of departure beginning January 5, 2023. Visas may be issued for essential corporate operations and humanitarian purposes.

All travelers from China permitted entry into South Korea will also be required to undergo testing upon arrival. Before departure, travelers must also use the Quarantine Information Advance Input system (Q-CODE). Travelers are required to enter a residential address and a valid phone number.

SPAIN

The government of Spain will require all travelers arriving from China to undergo health control measures upon arrival. This will include a temperature control check, a documentary check, and a visual check for COVID-19 symptoms. All travelers will be required to show proof of vaccination, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.

SWEDEN

The government of Sweden will require travelers from China to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival beginning January 7, 2023, regardless of the traveler’s vaccination status. Travelers holding residence permits or long-term residency in the European Union or the European Economic Area may be exempt from testing requirements. These measures will remain in place until January 28, 2023, and may be extended at the government’s discretion.

UNITED KINGDOM

The government of the United Kingdom will require all travelers departing from mainland China to undergo a pre-departure COVID-19 test beginning January 5, 2023. Starting January 8, 2023, the government will also introduce additional randomized testing measures for travelers arriving from China.

VIETNAM

The government of Vietnam announced that travelers arriving from China who do not display symptoms of COVID-19 would not be required to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival. The government will require travelers to undergo a quarantine period if they are suspected of having COVID-19 upon arrival.

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