How to Travel to China Safely
As with any country, you need to know where you’re going when traveling in China, and you should be aware of the cultural differences to keep you safe. Although the country is generally safe, you’ll need to take extra care in crowds and in unfamiliar surroundings, and keep an eye on yourself. While you’re in China, you shouldn’t be afraid of petty theft or pickpocketing, but you should still be vigilant. Also, don’t leave a tip – it can embarrass the recipient and be interpreted as a bribe, which can land you in trouble.
The risk of travelers’ diarrhea is generally low, even in deluxe hotels. However, you should take food precautions and carry antiemetic medication with you. Moreover, you can self-treat diarrhea using an antibiotic such as azithromycin. Another risk is quinolone-resistant Campylobacter, which is present in the river basin. Tap water is unsuitable for drinking, so make sure to drink bottled water while you’re in China. Food safety in China has also been widely publicized, so avoid eating undercooked seafood, unpasteurized milk, and undercooked meat.
Entry to China has become more difficult in recent years due to the global swine flu pandemic. The country has been changing its travel policies frequently to combat this problem, and you need to have a valid visa to enter the country. You can also visit the country with a valid residence permit. Until then, China is closed to tourists. Tourist visas aren’t expected to be issued until 2023. So, you’ll have to make sure to plan your trip accordingly.
You’ll also need to be prepared for quarantine, depending on the level of risk in the region you’re visiting. In some cities, a period of 14 days’ centralized quarantine is required. For the more high-risk areas, the requirements may vary slightly. You’ll need to get your green health code before you depart. Additionally, you’ll need a valid passport and a negative nucleic acid test.
The Chinese Embassy in Ireland publishes relevant notices for Irish citizens planning to visit the country. If you’re unsure of the specific regulations for entering China, be sure to check your local Chinese embassy website. For example, young children and adults over 14 are put under medical observation alone, and people testing positive for COVID-19 are placed in a specialised facility. It’s best to contact the Chinese Embassy before your trip to avoid causing any unnecessary problems.
As of July 2015, you should be aware that the Chinese government has prohibited the sale of tour tickets and other travel-related products online during the Chinese New Year. This ban has political implications, but the general rule is that travelers should avoid traveling to China during this period. You should also avoid purchasing travel insurance in China, especially if you’re visiting from an area where the COVID-19 virus is widespread. This is especially true if you plan to travel to remote areas.
There have been no recent incidents of COVID-19 in Wuhan, although the outbreak of this virus is still a public health emergency. However, it has been reported that 45 states have imposed travel and trade restrictions on China, despite the fact that this virus was discovered in the country in late 2018.
Another risk of rabies while traveling in China is the possibility of being bitten by a dog. The GeoSentinel Surveillance Network has reviewed data relating to dog bites in China. They recommend a series of vaccinations to protect against the virus before traveling. However, it’s possible that you might be required to undergo a preexposure vaccination for rabies. It’s also important to know whether you’ll need to take any other vaccinations before you leave China.
However, there are a few countries you should consider avoiding if you plan to travel to China. For instance, the COMOROS have banned all travel to China until the outbreak is resolved. Furthermore, TURKEY and TURKMENISTAN have banned all flights from China to their countries. Furthermore, Jamaica has imposed a ban on all travel to China, including those to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.