Coronavirus situation in China

Coronavirus situation in China

Entry to China is still very challenging. Starting from 7 November, China requires a negative Covid-19 test result as well as a negative anti-body test result to be certified in the Chinese Embassy before the trip. In case of travelling to China on a transit flight, the negative test results have to be obtained as well as certified in the Chinese Embassy of both the departure and the transit country. Anyone entering China is subject to a two-week quarantine at a centralized quarantine hotel or, in some cases, at home. Travel within the country is largely normalized. However, the situation can change quickly. The Finnish Missions in China follow the situation and give regular updates also on our Facebook pages.

Entry regulations and travel within the country

Starting from 28 September, China has allowed the holders of valid residence permits based on work or family ties to return to the country. However, the Visa Application Centers remain closed and travelling to China without a valid residence permit is difficult. 

China requires all travellers to obtain a negative coronavirus test result as well as a negative anti-body test result in their country of origin no later than two days before boarding the flight. In addition, the negative test results have to be confirmed by the Chinese Embassy. In case of travelling to China on a transit flight, both tests have to be taken again and certified in the Chinese Embassy of the transit country. In case of a positive anti-body test result, the traveller is considered as an asymptomatic carrier by the Chinese authorities and boarding the plane cannot be allowed. More information is available on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Finland:

Upon arrival to China, travellers are required to test for Covid-19 and are subject to undergo a 14-day quarantine at centralized quarantine centres at their own expense. In some cases, a transfer to home quarantine may be allowed. Many hotels have also regulated for example ordering food in the hotel and the regulations vary. In order to complete the quarantine a negative Covid-19 test result at the end of the 14-day-period is required.

Domestic travel is allowed and there are no quarantine regulations within mainland China, with the exception of possible temporary local restrictions. However, it is recommended to be prepared for rapid changes in the situation.

Many public spaces (such as shops and restaurants) will not be accessible unless you have downloaded a health code application on your phone, in most cases integrated on Alipay or WeChat, and can display a green code. In principle, city-specific green codes should be obtained automatically if there is no record of travel abroad or to certain areas identified as high-risk areas within the past 14 days. In practice, however, there have been problems with the codes when traveling within the country, especially for foreigners. In some cased the health app has required a new 14-day quarantine, even if it is against current regulations.

More information (in English):

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

Website of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)


In mainland China, the number of new confirmed cases of covid-19 is currently very small. New confirmed cases have mainly been reported on immigration checks at airports or during the quarantine and the spreading of the virus has been controlled effectively.  

Requirements for wearing face masks have been relaxed in much of the country. Outdoors, the use of a mask is not mandatory if it is possible to keep a distance from other people. However, the majority of people still use a protective mask even when outdoors.

In many public places and when using public transport fever is still measured, and the use of masks is mandatory.

More information (in English):

National Health Commission of China (NHC) website


Finnish missions’ customer service

The Embassy of Finland in Beijing and the Consulate General in Shanghai have suspended the processing of most visa applications and the Visa Applications Centers (VACs) are closed for the time being.

The reception of residence permit and passport applications, as well as notarial and legalization services operate normally at the missions.

If you need assistance with passport, notarial or legalization matters, please first contact us by e-mail: [email protected] (Beijing) or [email protected] (Shanghai).

In case of emergency outside office hours, please contact the Finnish Foreign Ministry's emergency service.


Travel notification

We remind all travelers and those already in the country to submit a travel notification.

If you have already submitted a travel notification and your stay abroad has been extended, it is advisable to change the end date on the travel notification. Doing this, we will be informed that you are still in the country and we can send you notifications and inquiries. If you have registered to the service, you can edit the travel notification yourself. If you have not registered, you can submit a new travel notification.

If your travel notification did not have an end date or you have returned to Finland earlier than planned, the notification should be deleted. If you have registered to the service, you can edit the notification yourself. If you have not registered, you can send a removal request by e-mail to [email protected]. Please note that requests to change or delete a travel notification might take some time to process.


For more information:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Embassy of Finland in Beijing and Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai

Finnish missions on Facebook:

Nettikonsuli (web consul) on Facebook

Latest updates on the coronavirus situation on the THL (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare) website

Instructions for passengers arriving in Finland on the THL website

Information and advice on the coronavirus on the Finnish Government’s website

World Health Organization (WHO) webpage for information on COVID-19

Website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China

Website for the National Health Commission (NHC) of the People’s Republic of China

Website for Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)

English language websites for Chinese news agencies:
China Daily