Last updated: 19 Sep 2021

China

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With the world's largest population and the country fast becoming the major global player, China is a must-visit destination. China has some incredible scenery and much of it is best seen on foot. Everest Base Camp is Tibet's most popular trekking destination. There's also great hiking in other areas of the mountainous Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Yunnan's threatened Tiger Leaping Gorge and along the Great Wall.

Head underground to Zhangjiajie's Yellow Dragon Cave, Asia's largest, or more popular caverns including Guilin's Reed Flute and Crown caves and Yangshuo's Silver Cave - their stalactites and stalagmites lit by garish multi-coloured neon.

China also has some gorgeous tropical beaches. Sanya, on the southern coast of China's most southerly province, Hainan Island, is one of the country's most popular holiday areas and has international resort hotels, fine sand beaches, golf courses, coconut palms and water sports.
Official Name: The People’s Republic of China
Capital:  Beijing (BJS)
Currency:  Renminbi Yuan (CNY)
Language:  Mandarin Chinese. Local dialects are spoken including Cantonese, Shanghaiese (also known as Shanghainese), Fuzhou, Hokkien-Taiwanese, Xiang, Gan and Hakka. English is spoken by guides and in many hotels, but not by taxi drivers. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 86
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +8 (6 hours ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1; Feb 11-17; Mar 8; Apr 5; May 1, 4; Jun 1, 14; Aug 1; Sep 21; Oct 1-7

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to Go: March – May and September - November
Best for: Buddhist Monuments, Great Wall of China, pagodas, UNESCO World Heritage Sites 
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin and three-pin sockets are generally in use. However, most 4- to 5-star hotels are also wired for 110-volt appliances
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink.All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Bottled water is available. 
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended. Doctors will require cash payment regardless of whether you have health insurance. Doctors may not speak English. 
Customs: The family name is mentioned first when introducing yourself. The Chinese are generally reserved and prefer courtesy over familiarity. Public displays of anger should be avoided. If using chopsticks do not position them upright in the bowl. Clothing should be conservative and not too revealing. Avoid discussing politics and religion. 
Local Offences / Laws: Identification should be carried at all times, as spot checks may be carried out and failure to have identification could result in detention. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Outside of the major cities, credit cards may not be frequently accepted and ATM’s may not accept international cards. Always seek permission before photographing military personnel and buildings, airports and government buildings. In some parts of China, the sunrise may be as late as 10am as their 5 time zones have been combined into 1. Some social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are blocked in the country. The word 'censorship' is banned. 
Duty Free: The following items may be imported into China without incurring customs duty: • 400 cigarettes and 100 cigars and 500g of tobacco.
• 1.5L of alcoholic beverages with 12% or more alcoholic content.
• Personal articles up to a value of ¥5,000 for Chinese residents.
• Personal articles which will be left in China up to a value of ¥2,000 for non-residents.
Prohibited Imports: Arms and ammunition, imitation arms, narcotics, fruit, animals and animal products, and any publication (print, audio or video) directed against the public order and the morality of China.

Customs officials may seize audio and videotapes, books, records and CDs to check for pornographic, political or religious material. You must complete baggage declaration forms upon arrival noting all valuables (such as cameras, watches and jewellery); this may be checked on departure. You should keep receipts for items such as jewellery, jade, handicrafts, paintings, calligraphy or other similar items in order to obtain an export certificate from the authorities on leaving. Without this documentation, you cannot take such items out of the country on departure.
Prohibited Exports: All articles banned from import as well as publications or media containing state secrets, valuable cultural artefacts, and endangered/rare animals and plants (and their seeds).

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 15/09/2021

Entry of nationals, residents, family and business persons is permitted under certain conditions, with strict measures in place. Testing and online registration is required, however these requirements will differ when arriving from certain countries.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers travelling from Belgium, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine or United Kingdom are not permitted to enter China. This also includes passengers holding a valid visa or residence permit issued by China.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Nationals of China,
    • Passengers holding a diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visa,
    • Visa issued after 3rd November 2020 by a Chinese embassy or consulate for passengers travelling from India, Italy, Russia or United Kingdom,
    • Visa issued after 5th November 2020 by a Chinese embassy or consulate for passengers travelling from Bangladesh or Ukraine.
  • Passengers holding a valid Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card issued by China are permitted to enter China.
  • Passengers holding a residence permit issued by China for study ('学习') or journalist ('记者') purpose are required to obtain an additional visa before travel. This does not apply to passengers holding a valid residence permit issued by China for work ('工作'), reunion ('团聚') or private (' 私人事务') purpose.
  • The visa exemption for passengers holding ordinary passports issued by Japan, Brunei or Singapore, or APEC Business Travel Cards, passengers travelling on the 24, 72, or 144-hour transit without visa program, and passengers travelling to Guilin or Hainan with a tour group has been suspended.
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter or transit China using visas issued by China prior to 28th March 2020.
    • This does not apply to passengers holding a diplomatic visa or a C visa.

Form requirements

  • All passengers must complete the "Health Declaration Form" here on entry and exit from China. The form will only be valid for 24 hours starting from being completed.
  • Passengers entering China through Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) are not permitted to enter unless they are holding a QR code confirming that they have registered online here. They are also required to complete a "Declaration Form" before boarding their flights.

Test requirements

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Beijing through Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) or Beijing Nanyuan Airport (NAY) from Hong Kong if they do not hold a negative nucleic acid test for Covid-19 obtained no more than 7 days prior to arrival.
Nucleic acid tests
  • Passengers travelling to China from Taiwan must hold a negative Covid-19 nucleic acid tests result conducted no more than 3 days prior to departure to China.
  • Passengers travelling to China from the following countries must hold a negative Covid-19 nucleic acid tests result conducted no more than 3 days prior to departure. The test must have been carried out in a facility recognised by a Chinese Embassy or Consulate located at the place of departure. Passengers must also obtain either a green health code with an "HS" mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat (for Chinese nationals only), or a QR code with an "HDC" mark obtained from here: Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Belarus, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Congo (Republic of Congo), Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini, Finland, France, Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Grenada, Greece, Guinea Bissau, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of North Macedonia, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uzbekistan or Vietnam.
    • This does not apply to passengers on flights with a technical stop provided they do not disembark from the aircraft.
  • Passengers travelling from following countries must hold a negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test result and a negative IgM anti-body test result tested within 48 hours prior to departure. The test must have been carried out in a facility recognised by a Chinese embassy or consulate located at the place of departure. Passengers must submit the negative results of both tests to a Chinese embassy or consulate, and must also obtain either a green health code with an “HS” mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat (for Chinese nationals only), or a QR code with an "HDC" mark obtained from here: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Republic), Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini, Federated States of Micronesia, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Republic of North Macedonia, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore (See separate regulations below), Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay or Zimbabwe, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam or Zambia.
  • Passengers travelling from Egypt to China must hold 2 negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test results and 2 negative IgM anti-body test results, tested at 2 different facilities within 48 hours prior to departure. The tests must have been carried out in facilities recognised by the Chinese embassy in Egypt. Passengers must submit the negative results of both tests and pictures of them being tested onsite to the Chinese embassy, and must also obtain either a green health code with an “HS” mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat, or a Health Declaration Form validated by the Chinese embassy or consulate. Please note that passengers departing from Egypt who will transit through a third country before arriving in China will not be permitted to obtain a green health code for travelling to China. Only the following passengers are allowed to travel to China from Egypt: passengers departing from a third country who will transit through Egypt before arriving in China, and passengers departing from Egypt who will travel on direct flights to China.
  • Passengers travelling on direct flights from Egypt to China may be required to quarantine in a designated hotel for 3 days before travel at their own cost, which will be arranged by their carriers. Before starting the 3-day quarantine arranged by the carriers, passengers are also required to self-isolate at home for 14 days and submit a certificate of 14-day self-isolation when obtaining a green health code. This also applies to passengers departing from a third country who will transit through Egypt before arriving in China, as they will be required to self-isolate at home in their country of departure for 14 days before arriving in Egypt for their connecting flights. Passengers departing from a third country who will transit through Egypt are also required to hold proof of their full journey and the residence status in the country of departure. Seamen returning to China who will transit through Egypt are required to self-isolate on their ship for 14 days before departure, and submit a certificate of 14-day self-isolation to consulate_egy@mfa.gov.cn 3 days before travel.
  • Passengers travelling from Nepal to China must hold 2 negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test results and 2 negative IgM anti-body test results tested at 2 different facilities within 48 hours prior to departure. The tests must have been carried out in facilities recognised by the Chinese embassy in Nepal. Passengers must submit the negative results of both tests (obtained from 2 different facilities) to the Chinese embassy, and must also obtain either a green health code with an “HS” mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat (for Chinese nationals only), or a QR code with an "HDC" mark using the website https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/. Passengers travelling to China via connecting flights must take the two tests in the country of departure within 48 hours before boarding, and take both tests again in the country of transit within 48 hours before boarding. Passengers must also obtain a green health code from both their country of departure and country of transit.
  • Passengers travelling from South Africa to China must hold 2 negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test results and 2 negative IgM anti-body test results tested at 2 different facilities within 48 hours prior to departure. The tests must have been carried out in facilities recognised by the Chinese embassy in South Africa. Test results issued by Lancet Laboratories are currently not accepted for travelling to China. Passengers must submit the negative results of both tests to the Chinese embassy, and must also obtain either a green health code with an “HS” mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat, or a Health Declaration Form validated by the Chinese embassy or consulate.
  • Passengers travelling to China via connecting flights must take the two tests in the country of departure within 2 days before boarding, and take both tests again in the country of transit within 2 days before boarding. Passengers must also obtain either a green health code or a Health Declaration Form from both their country of departure and country of transit.
  • Passengers travelling to China from Singapore must hold two hard copies of a standardised negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test (NAT) certificate obtained within 3 days prior to departure. The test must have been carried out in a clinic in Singapore approved by the Chinese Embassy. Passengers holding a Covid-19 NAT certificate do not need to apply for the HS Health Code or certified Health Declaration Form. Passengers holding a non-standardised test certificate or passengers in transit through Singapore are required to apply for the HS Health Code or certified Health Declaration Form from the Chinese Embassy.
  • Passengers travelling to China from Serbia must ensure that they will transit through only one country before arriving in China. Passengers are also required to submit proof of their journey in Serbia and proof of their residence status in Serbia when obtaining a green health code. Proof of residence in Serbia includes residence permits, visas, social insurance cards or driving license issued by Serbia. If the passenger was visa exempt when entering Serbia, they must also provide proof of their last journey travelling to Serbia, such as flight tickets or any other documents showing that their stay in Serbia is not for transit purpose only., such as flight tickets or any other documents showing that their stay in Serbia is not for transit purpose only.
  • Passengers who transit through the United Arab Emirates on their way to China will not be permitted to obtain a green health code for entering China if they are departing from a country with direct flights to China and transiting through the United Arab Emirates, or if they are departing from a country where there are no direct flights to China but will transit through two or more countries on their way to China.
  • Passengers departing from Israel who plan to transit through a third country on their way to China will not be permitted to obtain a green health code for entering China. Passengers departing from a third country who plan to transit through Israel on their way to China will not be permitted to obtain a green health code, either. Only passengers who are travelling directly from Israel to China will be permitted to obtain a green health code for entering China. These passengers should submit their negative results of the two tests, proof of their flight tickets, and proof of their residence status in Israel (such as identity documents, visas or an entry stamp issued by Israel) when obtaining a green health code.
  • Passengers travelling from Switzerland to China are permitted to obtain a green health code for entering China only if they are travelling on direct flights. The following passengers will not be permitted to obtain a green health code: passengers departing from a country with direct flights to China who plan to transit through Switzerland before arriving in China, passengers departing from a country where there are no direct flights to China who will transit through two other countries (or more) before arriving in China, and passengers who will transit in Switzerland for more than 48 hours.
  • Passengers departing from Spain will only be permitted to obtain a green health code for entering China if they are travelling on direct flights to China. Passengers departing from a country with direct flights to China who plan to transit through Spain before arriving in China are also not permitted to obtain a green health code.
  • Passengers travelling from Brazil to China will not be permitted to obtain a green health code for entering China if they are departing from a third country and will transit through Brazil before arriving in China, or if they are departing from Brazil and will transit through two other countries (or more) before arriving in China.
  • Passengers travelling from Turkey to China are permitted to obtain a green health code for entering China only if they are travelling on direct flights. The following passengers will not be permitted to obtain a green health code: passengers departing from a country with direct flights to China who plan to transit through Turkey before arriving in China, or passengers departing from a country where there are no direct flights to China who will transit through two other countries (or more) before arriving in China.
  • Passengers who transit through Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) on their way to China are required to undergo a Covid-19 nucleic acid test and an IgM anti-body test at Seoul Incheon International Airport.
    • This does not apply to passengers on flights with a technical stop provided they do not disembark of the aircraft.
  • Passengers holding a positive serological test (IgM antibody test) for Covid-19 are permitted to travel to China provided they are holding a Covid-19 vaccination certificate and a green health QR code from their local Chinese Embassy.
  • Passengers travelling from the United Kingdom must hold a negative Covid-19 nucleic acid test result and a negative IgM anti-body test result obtained within 48 hours prior to departure. The test must have been carried out in a facility recognised by a Chinese embassy or consulate located at the place of departure. A positive IgM anti-body test result may be accepted, provided the passenger also holds a negative result of an anti-body test to the nucleocapsid protein (N Protein) of SARS-CoV-2, and a vaccination certificate proving that they have received full doses of vaccines.
    • Passengers must submit the negative results of both tests to a Chinese embassy or consulate, and must also obtain either a green health code with an “HS” mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat (for Chinese nationals only), or a QR code with an "HDC" mark online.
    • Passengers travelling to China via connecting flights must take the two tests in the country of departure within 48 hours before boarding, and take both tests again in the country of transit within 48 hours before boarding. Passengers must also obtain a green health code from both their country of departure and country of transit.
    • Passengers are also required to take an additional nucleic acid test 7 days prior to departure, and monitor their personal health status for 7 days after the test. The test must be undertaken at a legally registered clinic in the UK, and at a different clinic from their other tests. If the test result is positive, the application for HDC can only be made after the passenger has fully recovered and under the category of "persons who has a Covid-19 infection record". If the test result is negative, the report should be uploaded with other required documents when applying for the HDC green code. Passengers may download the Personal Health Monitoring Form here. It should be uploaded with the application for the HDC green code.
RT-PCR tests
  • Passengers travelling from Canada, Japan, Korea (South) and Netherlands must hold a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result and a negative IgM anti-body test result tested within 2 days prior to departure. Passengers travelling from Brunei Darussalam, Czechia, Romania or Sierra Leone must hold a negative test result of these tests completed within 48 hours prior to departure. The test must have been carried out in a facility recognised by a Chinese embassy or consulate located at the place of departure. Passengers must submit the negative results of both tests to a Chinese embassy or consulate, and must also obtain either a green health code with an “HS” mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat, or a Health Declaration Form validated by the Chinese embassy or consulate. The Health Declaration Form can be found here.
    • Non-Chinese nationals travelling from Netherlands must obtain a QR code with an "HDC" mark, available here or a Health Declaration Form validated by the Chinese embassy or consulate.
  • Passengers travelling to China via connecting flights must take the two tests in the country of departure within 2 days before boarding, and take both tests again in the country of transit within 2 days before boarding. Passengers must also obtain either a green health code or a Health Declaration Form from both their country of departure and country of transit.
  • China-bound passengers transiting in the Netherlands must make an appointment with the Test Centre at the Amsterdam Schiphol airport (AMS) online here for their two tests after receiving their first health code in the country of departure. Passengers who have been tested by the Test Center must upload their certificates here (please select "Novamedik Diagnostics (airport on-site test)") and obtain a green health code through the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands. Passengers must present both their green health codes and the original certificates of negative results of nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body test before boarding.
    • China-bound passengers transiting in the Netherlands who will enter the Netherlands can also undergo the tests at facilities recognised by the Chinese Embassy.
    • Please note that vaccinated Chinese nationals who have also submitted a vaccination certificate will not be granted a green health QR code if they have been fully vaccinated for less than 14 days, even if they have submitted the two other test results. However this requirement does not apply to unvaccinated Chinese nationals.
  • Passengers departing from the Netherlands who plan to transit through a third country before arriving in China will not be permitted to obtain a green health code for entering China. Passengers departing from a country where there are direct flights to China will not be permitted to obtain a green health code if they plan to transit through the Netherlands on their way to China. Only the following passengers are allowed to obtain a green health code and travel to China from the Netherland:
    • Passengers travelling from the Netherlands to China on direct flights. Direct flights also include flights with technical landing in a third country,
    • Passengers departing from a country where there are no direct flights to China and who plan to transit through the Netherlands before arriving in China.
  • All passengers travelling from France must hold a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result and a negative IgM anti-body test result tested within 2 days prior to departure. The test must have been carried out in a facility recognised by a Chinese embassy or consulate located at the place of departure. The list of recognised facilities can be found here. Passengers must submit the negative results of both tests to a Chinese embassy or consulate, and must also obtain either a green health code with an “HS” mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat (for Chinese nationals only), a QR code with an "HDC" mark using the link available here or a Health Declaration Form validated by the Chinese embassy or consulate. The Health Declaration Form can be found here.
    • Passengers who will transit at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) before arriving in China must arrange the appointment for the two tests online here before travel, and must hold a printed copy of their booking confirmation of the tests. Passengers without booking confirmation of the tests will not be able to undergo the tests at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
  • Passengers must ensure that they have checked the information on the website of the Chinese embassy or consulate in their place of departure, as passengers departing from some countries might be required to obtain negative results of the RT-PCR test and the IgM anti-body test at two different facilities ("cross double tests"). These passengers must also submit all the negative test results to obtain a green health code.
  • Passengers travelling from Finland or United States must hold a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result and a negative IgM anti-body test result tested within 48 hours prior to departure. The test must have been carried out in a facility recognised by a Chinese embassy or consulate located at the place of departure. Passengers must submit the negative results of both tests to a Chinese embassy or consulate, and must also obtain either a green health code with an “HS” mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat (for Chinese nationals only), or a QR code with an "HDC" mark, available here.
  • Passengers travelling from Dallas/Fort Worth (TX) International Airport must hold a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result and a negative IgM anti-body test result tested within 48 hours prior to departure. The test must have been carried out in a facility recognised by a Chinese embassy or consulate located at the place of departure. A positive IgM anti-body test result may be accepted, provided the passenger uploads the IgM antibody test against N protein, as well as the Letter of Commitment on Covid-19 Vaccination and the vaccination certificate proving they have received full doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Janssen vaccine. Passengers must submit the results of both tests and the Vaccination Certificate if necessary to a Chinese embassy or consulate, and must also obtain either a green health code with an “HS” mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat (for Chinese nationals only), or a QR code with an "HDC" mark, available here.
  • Negative nucleic acid test results and negative IgM anti-body test results for passengers travelling from the following cities in the United States are only accepted if they are issued by a laboratory recognised by the Chinese consulate: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit.
  • Passengers travelling from Nigeria must hold a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result and a negative IgM anti-body test result tested within 5 days prior to departure. The test must have been carried out in a facility recognised by a Chinese embassy or consulate located at the place of departure. The test must have been carried out in a facility recognised by a Chinese embassy or consulate located at the place of departure. Passengers must submit the negative results of both tests to a Chinese embassy or consulate, and must also obtain either a green health code with a "HS" mark using the international version of the health QR code mini program on WeChat, or a Health Declaration Form validated by the Chinese embassy or consulate.
    • Passengers travelling to China via connecting flights must take the two tests in the country of departure within 2 days before boarding, and take both tests again in the country of transit within 2 days before boarding. Passengers must also obtain either a green health code or a Health Declaration Form from both their country of departure and country of transit.
  • Passengers holding a positive serological test (IgM antibody test) for Covid-19 are permitted to travel to China provided they are holding a Covid-19 vaccination certificate and a green health QR code from their local Chinese Embassy.

Quarantine requirements

  • Passengers travelling to China will be subject to mandatory medical screening and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at the first point of entry.
  • Passengers travelling to Beijing must remain in isolation for 21 days for medical observation upon arrival.
  • Passengers travelling to Zhejiang province must remain in isolation for 14 days for medical observation upon arrival.

Exit Restrictions

  • Passengers departing Guangzhou must hold a negative nucleic acid test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure and must show their 'Green Health Code' on departure.
  • Chinese nationals are only permitted to depart China for education, employment, or business purposes that cannot be postponed and have been confirmed as necessary.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

a) Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
225 Athlone Street, Arcadia, 0083
Tel: (012) 431-6500/6532 (consular)
Fax: (012) 430-7620
P O Box 95764 Waterkloof 0145, Pretoria
Web: http://za.china-embassy.org/eng/
E-mail:nflssf@163.com

b) Chinese Consulate
25 Rhodes Drive, Newlands, 7700
Tel: (021) 674-0592 / 674-0594
Fax: (021) 674-0589
E-mail: chinaconsul_ct_za@mfa.gov.cn
Web: capetown.china-consulate.org

c) Chinese Consulate-General
45 Stirling Crescent, Durban North
Tel: (031) 563-4534 Fax: (031) 563-4827
Tel: (031) 563-4986 (visas)
E-mail: chinaconsul_db_za@mfa.gov.cn
Web: durban.china-consulate.org

d) Chinese Consulate
25 Cleveland Road, Sandton
Tel: (011) 8832186 Fax: (011) 883-5274
E-mail: chinaconsul_jb_za@mfa.gov.cn
Note that all foreign passport holders are to apply in person.

The Chinese Visa Application Centre (CVASC) in Johannesburg:
Address: 14th Floor, Sandton City Office Tower, Corner Rivonia Road & 5th Street, Sandton, 2196
Website: www.visaforchina.org

Office hours: Monday to Friday, except public holidays
Submission of applications: 9:00 am-3:00 pm (Express applications should be submitted before 11:30 a.m.)
Collection and payment: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Tel: 087 808 6180 / (011) 5059300
Fax: 0866 474 899
E-mail: johannesburgcenter@visaforchina.org

CVASC in Cape Town :
20th Floor, 1 Thibault Square
Long Street
Cape Town 
E-mail: capetown@visasforchina.org

CVASC in Durban:

45 Zenith Drive
The Quartz
Umhlanga Rocks
Tel: 087 8020460
E-mail: durban@visasforchina.org


CVASC Service Charges:
Besides collecting visa fees and express visa fees on behalf of the Embassy and the Chinese Consulate-General in Johannesburg, CVASC also charges service fees. For more information, please visit the website: www.visaforchina.org

Visa Requirements

Visas are required by South African passport holders. Applications are to be for through The Chinese Visa Application Centre (CVASC) in Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town.

Requirements:

(1) One fully completed visa application form, fully completed.
(2) One recent colour photo (2x2inch) (bare head, full face) against a light background to be attached to the application form.
(3) Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and more than 2 blank visa pages. A photocopy of the passport`s data page and the photo page if it is separate are also required.
(4) An invitation letter is required and has to bear a red rubber stamp.
(5) Copy of the Chinese ID of the person who is signing the invitation letter, plus FULL passport details that includes full name, date of birth, date of issue and expiry date of the passport.
(6) MINORS: At least one parent is to apply in person and a certified unabridged birth certificate for the child is to be submitted.

For full list of CVASC requirements for Tourist and Business visas, see their website www.visaforchina.org

** PAYMENT (for those foreign passport holders applying at the embassy)
The Embassy of the People`s Republic of China will not accept cash payment for visa/ passport/ notarization/ authentification fees.

Please contact the Embassy for visa fees for other Nationals. Refunds not available if application is cancelled or refused.
All fees to be paid at the FNB after first obtaining the reference number from the visa office of the Chinese Consulate General.

Exit / entry departments across the country will begin to collect fingerprints of foreign nations aged between 14 and 70 years. Those holding diplomatic passports or under reciprocal conditions are exempted.

Visa Processing Time

6 working days from the date of the application. You must present the Pick-Up Form and proof of payment when you come to get your passport back. Only with the consent of the Embassy can it be expedited but you are required to pay extra rush fees.
NO emergency visas.

Visa Validity

Single or double entry - 3 months from date of issue.
Double entries within 3-6 months.
PLEASE APPLY FOR VISA ONE MONTH PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.
NB: All regulations and costs subject to change without notice.

Visa Cost

Visa fees are to be paid as a cash deposit or bank transfer into the Consulate account (cash payments are NOT accepted). Payment is to be made before the date of collection and proof of payment to be submitted. Please contact the Embassy/Consulate direct for bank account details.
Single entry visa : R400
Double entry visa : R500
Multiple entry visa valid for 6 months : R700.00
Multiple entry visa valid for one year : R900.00
Remember to add the CVASC service charge which is R400 to the visa fee!

SA Representative

S.A Embassy, 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
Beijing, 100600, P.R.C.
Tel: 00 (86) 10 653 20000
Fax: 00 (86) 10 653 0177
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Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Japanese Encephalitis (Not available in SA), Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk