US Dept of State Advisory on Travel to China

1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter China?


All non-essential travels to the mainland of China are restricted. Foreign nationals, including the US citizens, coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Foreign nationals with a visa issues outside the Mainland of China after March 28, 2020 are allowed to travel.

2. Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry in China?


Travelers who are arriving from or transited through many of the countries in Asia, Europe and Americans including USA, must have a green QR code with an “HS” mark on a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) nucleic acid test result issued at most 3 days before departure. However, nationals of China are exempted, unless they have transited through Cape Verde, Liberia or Montenegro

3. Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine upon entry in China?


All travelers, including U.S. citizens who enter China, are screened upon arrival and subject to a 14-day quarantine. Local quarantine requirements can vary significantly between cities, and regulations can change very quickly.  All international arrivals should be prepared to complete quarantine at a government-selected facility or hotel at their own expense, with no control over the amenities, even if they maintain a residence in China.   If you are placed into quarantine, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate with your name, passport number, and location.

4. Is travel to China restricted?


The US Depart of State has revised its Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisory to Level 3 Reconsider Travel, on September 14, 2020. The current advisory reads: Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), due to COVID-19 and arbitrary enforcement of local laws.

5. How safe is China to travel for US citizens?

For most visitors, China remains a very safe country. Petty street crime is the most common safety concern for U.S. citizens. Training, capability, and responsiveness of Chinese authorities varies by region and even city. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General have no law enforcement authority and may not represent U.S. citizens in either criminal or civil legal matters. To ensure your safety and security in China, you should:

Take routine safety precautions.

Pay attention to surroundings.

Report any concerns to the local police.

Call “110,” the local equivalent to “911”; however, very few English speakers staff this hotline.

6. What is the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)?

Travelers are advised to fill out Smart Traveler Enrollment Program STEP. This is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It entitles them to get the following types of assistance.

  1. Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  2. Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.

Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel


Must have six months validity


At least two blank page


Yes you need one


Max RMB 20,000 on entry/exit

U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info

U.S. Embassy Beijing

No. 55 An Jia Lou Road

Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600


Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000

Fax: +(86)(10) 8531-3300

The Embassy consular district includes the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin and the provinces/autonomous regions of Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, and Xinjiang.


U.S. Consulate General Chengdu – Operations Suspended

Number 4 Lingshiguan Road

Section 4, Renmin Nanlu

Chengdu 61004,China

Telephone: +(86)(28) 8558-3992

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000

Fax: +(86)(28) 8554-6229


This consular district includes the provinces/autonomous region of Guizhou, Sichuan, Xizang (Tibet) and Yunnan, as well as the municipality of Chongqing.

Note: The US Consulates offices are also available in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Wuhan.