Travel Requirements for Canadians Visiting China

Travel to China

People’s Republic of China (PRC) is the world’s largest country and has a population of over 1.4 billion. The country is located in East Asia.

Requirements for inbound travelers

Requirements for inbound travelers to China have changed drastically. Previously, all foreigners entering China were required to undergo a 10-day quarantine. However, the Chinese government has decided to ease some of these requirements. Travelers will now be able to leave the quarantine facility after three days.

Travelers will also no longer be subject to the centralized quarantine policy. As of January 8, all inbound travelers to China will only be required to take a negative Covid test at least 48 hours before departure. After that, travelers can enter the country without further testing or quarantine.

Moreover, travelers from Hong Kong SAR will no longer need to undergo two PCR tests upon arrival. Additionally, they will no longer be required to present proof of vaccination for entry into certain venues.

On top of these requirements, Chinese citizens must now update their personal information via WeChat. In addition, they must upload a photo of their test results to a disease prevention program on the app.

While the changes are good news for the travel industry, some countries are still wary of the resurgence of the COVID-19 virus in China. Other nations have considered implementing new coronavirus precautions for visitors from the country.

Travelers from Macao SAR will not be required to receive the YF vaccine. However, it is a good idea to check with your local health authority for specific quarantine requirements.

Exit bans

Chinese authorities are beginning to use exit bans to pressure foreigners and Chinese citizens to stay in the country. Unlike other types of travel restrictions, exit bans can last for months. Often, foreigners do not realize that they are under an exit ban until they try to leave the country.

Exit bans are part of the Chinese government’s legal system. They allow the Chinese government to resolve disputes over civil affairs and legal cases, but they also compel U.S. citizens to take part in these processes. The problem is that a large number of exit bans are unreported, leaving us in the dark about the length of these bans.

A State Department official told Business Insider that the “exit ban” has been used by the Chinese government for years. However, the official was unable to say how many Americans are under an exit ban, or what their exact conditions are.

Typically, an exit ban is a form of detention. In some cases, authorities may impose curfews, or block the traveler from crossing the border. In other cases, authorities may prevent the traveler from accessing consular services.

Several American citizens have faced the problem. For example, Yuan Xiaoliang and her husband have been held in prison for over eight months, and Victor and Cynthia Liu have been barred from leaving China for more than a year.

Restrictions on cross-border travel

If you are a Canadian of Chinese origin, you may be affected by travel restrictions in China. These restrictions range from visas on arrival to travel restrictions on a whole range of countries.

You should contact your nearest Chinese embassy or consulate before you travel to China. They will be able to provide you with information about the entry requirements and assist you if you are detained abroad. However, Canadian consular officials cannot interfere with judicial or private legal matters.

If you have a business trip to China, you may be detained for a longer period of time than you anticipated. In addition, your passport might be confiscated. Before you go, you should consult a lawyer or contact your nearest Chinese embassy.

Depending on the type of passport you hold, you will need to complete a rapid antigen test (RAT) or a PCR test. The test must be completed at least 48 hours before your departure. It is also a good idea to bring a health kit and wear a face mask while in public areas.

Some countries are considering testing all travelers from China. Taiwan, for example, has announced plans to test visitors to the mainland before their arrival.

According to the World Health Organization, 45 states have imposed travel restrictions against China in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As of today, only a handful of these nations are listed on the map.