What you should know before travelling to China from Australia during COVID-19
The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Australians travelling to China.
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We lay it all down for you, including what rules and restrictions you should be aware of if you're permitted to travel to China from Australia.
Can I travel from Australia to China?Travelling to China from Australia for tourism is not yet allowed. Only Chinese nationals and foreign nationals arriving from select European and Asian countries can travel into China. If you hold dual citizenship with Australia and one of the permitted European or Asian countries, you should be able to enter. You'll need to have a residence visa that allows them to work, visit for personal reasons or to be reunited with family.
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When can I travel to China? When will the China borders open?There is no set date for when China will reopen to Australians tourists.
For now, domestic travel is being encouraged for its citizens. International travel, whether coming from Australia or elsewhere, is still discouraged due to the pandemic.
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Are there any exemptions for travelling to China?Unless you're Australian and a dual citizen with permitted list of European or Asia countries who has a valid residence permit, you won't be allowed to enter China.
Can I travel to China if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?
Yes, if you're Australian and a permanent resident or citizen of China, you are allowed to return to your home.
Like any traveller entering the country, those coming from Australia will be subject to the latest quarantine and COVID test rules.
What are the entry requirements for China coming from Australia?
Do I need a permit to enter China?All visitors from Australia, except Chinese nationals, must hold a valid residence permit to enter China. This can be obtained from the Chinese embassy or consulate in Australia.
Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?Vaccines are not required for Australians to travel to China, however, all visitors must complete a Health Declaration Form on arrival.
Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing for China?To enter China, Aussies must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 48 hours before you depart for China.
Both a negative nucleic acid and IgM antibody test are required and must be from the same provider in Australia.
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