Coronavirus situation in China

Coronavirus situation in China

Entry to China is still prohibited for most foreigners. However, China has made it possible for those abroad holding a valid Chinese residence permit to apply for a visa – a valid residence permit alone will not allow entry. All those entering China will be tested for coronavirus and are subject to a two-week quarantine at centralized quarantine centers. Travel within the country is largely normalized. We follow the situation and give regular updates also on the missions’ Facebook pages.

Entry regulations and travel within the country

China has made possible the visa application process for holders of valid Chinese residence permits abroad. The change affects citizens of about 30 countries, including all the Nordic countries. Previously, it has only been possible to apply for a visa for special reasons, and from March 28, 2020, it has not been possible to enter the country with a valid residence permit.  After the change, for example a work-based residence permit will suffice as a basis for applying for a visa. A valid residence permit alone will still not allow entry into China without a visa issued after March 28, 2020.

China requires all travelers to report a negative coronavirus test result at their country of origin no later than three days before their flight. In addition, before the trip, travelers from Finland to China must deliver a negative coronavirus test result to the Chinese Embassy in Finland in Helsinki, and request for a confirmation of travel. More information is available on website of the Chinese Embassy in Finland:

In China, all those arriving from abroad are required to take a coronavirus test and are subject to undergo a 14-day quarantine at centralized quarantine centers for at their own expense.

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.

Certain 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. The health app has required a new 14-day quarantine, even though 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 China, the number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus has been decreasing since the beginning of May. There have been smaller local epidemics and chains of infection, mainly in northern China.

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