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China Travel Reopening: Where & How to Travel in China after COVID-19

Latest Updated on June 17, 2021

Latest News: Currently, travel agencies in China have been given permission to resume tours operation in almost all China destinations. To help control the spreading of Covid-19, only Chinese tourists and expats who live in China can book tours from travel agencies. There is no limitation on tour duration. Several documents and certifications are required, including (1) Green Health Codes; (2) 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record; (3) Valid Original Passport. Wearing a mask is always suggested. Besides, latest Nucleic acid tests negative reports within 7 days are required for some destinations or attractions based on local regulations. Please contact us to get the detailed limitations and requirements for China travel based on your conditions.

The 2020 was a difficult year for the global tourism industry as well as all the people who love travelling. We want you to know how much we appreciate your support to our jobs and care about our lives. In the year 2020, even though we haven’t received as many as customers like before, we haven’t stopped our jobs of increasing our service standards, digging more and more China highlights and serving for all customers including those who had to cancel or postpone their trips to China, expats who came to us and traveled with our tour packages, and those who trust our service and are planning future tours of 2021 even 2022 with us.

The pandemic in China suspended tourism from February. Many of our customers had to cancel their trips to China. We tried our best to help them get refunds as quickly as possible. As the pandemic was controlled better and better in China, China tourism was opened again in July. Since then, there have been a lot of expats who live in China contacted us to operate tours. With our private tour packages, some of them went to Yunnan to explore ethnic culture and stunning landscape, some of them chose to marvel at the magnificent Gobi deserts and legendary Silk Road culture in Gansu, some of them took some serious photography journeys in the remote Xinjiang, some of them flew to Daocheng Yading to witness Shangri-la scnery, some of them took holidays in the ancient villages of Wuyuan to savor autumn colors, and some of them even hiked the fairytale Yellow Mountain in winter… Check their inspiring travel stories and useful feedbacks. For us, there is nothing more precious than hearing from our customers that how much they have enjoyed their trips with us.

In 2021, we believe everything will be better and better. China Discovery has been working in China tourism for over 10 years with rich experience to handle troubles and guarantee travelers’ safety and tour quality. Throughout the COVID-19, we have always been putting our customers in the first place and focusing on improving ourselves, and NOW, we are getting everything ready for you! It’s time to recover from the sadness and darkness to explore the beautiful side of China and meet the lovely, persevering people on the way... No matter where you want to go, what type of travelers you are, what kind of help you need, China Discovery is getting stronger and we can solve all the problems for you. You can rely upon us, book the tour and travel with us! Looking forward to seeing you soon again!

On this page, you'll learn about:
Where Can Be Visited in China
Requirements & Restrictions in Different Destinations
How to Get a Health QR Code
How to Get the 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record
Recommended China Tours to Travel after COVID-19
Recent Feedbacks from Our Customers during July 2020 ~ June 2021
Recent Reviews from Our Customers on TripAdvisor.com


Where Can Be Visited in China

Most of the destinations are reopening and can be visited by travelers. But there are still some areas with medium / high risk where we do not suggest you go, and the data is changing frequently. We have collected the latest information and made daily confirmations nationwide and the following places are recommended for you to visit during the COVID-19.

Medium / High-Risk Areas in Mainland China (updated on June 16, 2021)

Level Province City
High-Risk Areas: 1. Guangdong Guangzhou (some neighborhoods in Liwan District)
Medium-Risk Areas 1. Guangdong Guangzhou (some neighborhoods in Liwan District, Panyu District, Yuexiu District, Haizhu District, Nansha District, Baiyun District);
Foshan (some neighborhoods in Nanhai District);
Zhanjiang (some neighborhoods in Wuchuan City).

>> Where to Go in China for Expats

(Note:The situations are changing frequently. If you show any interests in planning a tour to the above destinations, you can contact us directly to get more latest info.)

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Required Documents & Restrictions to Travel in China

Different destinations have different policies and requirements. BUT, necessary documents in all destinations include: (1) Green Health Codes; (2) 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record; (3) Masks; (4) Valid Original Passport. And some specific areas or tourist spots require the latest Nucleic acid tests negative report with 3~7 days if you have been to the medium / high risk places in Mainland China. And most destinations need your entry date to China, Nucleic acid tests negative report, and proof of your release from the quarantine, etc. if you enter China in recent months, which are varied in different places in China. The policies and requirements for each destination would change from time to time, so please feel free to contact us at any time to know the detailed limitation and requirement based on your departure destination and travel destinations. You can check the following popular destinations for reference.

Sichuan Travel after COVID-19
Sichuan (Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu...)

● Original Passport;
● Tianfu Health Code colored in green;
● Original Visa stamped with latest date of entry (used for hotels)
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record
● Masks.

The above policies can be applied in Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu, Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei, Dujiangyan, Mount Siguniang, Daocheng Yading, etc.

Yunnan Travel after COVID-19
Yunnan (Lijiang, Shangri-La...)

● Original Passport;
● Yunnan Health Code colored in green;
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record
● Masks.

The above policies can be applied in Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Yuanyang, etc.

Tibet Travel after COVID-19
Tibet

● Original Passport;
● Latest Nucleic acid tests negative reports;
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Masks.

Guilin Travel after COVID-19
Guilin

● Original Passport;
● Guangxi Health Code colored in green
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Work Certificate from your organization (display that you do work in certain company in China for a long time);
● Masks.

The above policies can be applied in Guangxi Province.

Huangshan Travel after COVID-19
Huangshan

● Original Passport;
● Huangshan Health code colored in green;
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Nucleic acid test negative report if you have been to medium or high-risk areas published by authority;
● Masks.

The above policies can be applied in Anhui Province, Huangshan & its surrounding area included.

Zhangjiajie Travel after COVID-19
Zhangjiajie

● Hunan Health Code colored in green;
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Nucleic acid test negative report if you have been to medium or high-risk areas published by authority;
● Masks.

The above policies can be applied in Hunan Province

Yangtze Cruise after COVID-19
Yangtze Cruise

● Original Passport;
● Date of entry;
● Health Green Code;
● 14-day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Nucleic acid test report within 7 days if you have been to other places within the provinces of medium or high-risk areas published by authority;
● Masks.

More detailed requirements are varied for different Yangtze River cruise companies.

Shaanxi Travel after COVID-19
Shaanxi (Xian, Mount Hua...)

● Original Passport;
● Shaanxi Health code colored in green;
● 14-day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Nucleic acid test negative report if you have been to medium or high-risk areas published by authority;
● Masks.

The above policies can be applied in Xian and other destinations in Shaanxi Province.

Gansu & Qinghai Travel after COVID-19
Gansu (Dunhuang, Zhangye...)

● Gansu Health Code colored in green;
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Latest Nucleic acid tests negative reports;
● Proof of Residence from police station (display that you do live in the local area);
● Passport information which will be sent to the scenic spots/hotels in 15 days advance;
● Date of entry;
● Masks.

Beijing Travel after COVID-19
Beijing

● Original Passport;
● Beijing Health Code colored in green;
● 14-day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Nucleic acid test negative report if you have been to medium or high-risk areas published by authority;
● Masks.

Fujian Travel after COVID-19
Fujian (Xiamen, Wuyishan...)

● Original Passport;
● Fujian Health code colored in green;
● 14-day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Nucleic acid test negative report if you have been to medium or high-risk areas published by authority;
● Masks.

Guizhou Travel after COVID-19
Guizhou (Kaili, Fanjingshan...)

● Guizhou Health Code colored in green;
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Residence certificate (display that you do live in China for a long time) or Work
● Certificate from your organization (display that you do work in certain company in China for a long time);
● Latest Nucleic acid tests negative reports for some specific Guizhou tourist areas.
● Masks;

The above policies can be applied in Guizhou Province.

Inner Mongolia Travel after COVID-19
Inner Mongolia (Hohhot, Hulunbuir...)

● Original Passport;
● Inner Mongolia Health Code colored in green;
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Masks.

The above policies can be applied in Inner Mongolia.

Qinghai Travel after COVID-19
Qinghai (Xining...)

● Qinghai Health Code colored in green;
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Latest Nucleic acid tests negative reports;
● Proof of Residence from police station
● Passport information which will be sent to the scenic spots/hotels in 15 days advance;
● Date of entry;
● Masks.

Shanxi Travel after COVID-19
Shanxi (Datong, Pingyao...)

● Shanxi Health Code colored in green;
● 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Nucleic acid test negative report if you have been to medium or high-risk areas published by authority;
● Masks.

Xinjiang Travel after COVID-19
Xinjiang

● Original Passport;
● Xinjiang Health Code colored in green;
● 14-day Dynamic Trip Record;
● Masks.


How Can I Get a Health QR Code?

Chinese government has enlisted the help of our country's two internet giants - Alibaba and Tencent - to host the health code systems on their popular smartphone apps. So, travelers can use Alipay or Wechat to apply for a Health QR Code of different cities.

How to obtain a health code? (1) Travelers have to fill in their personal information including your name, national identity number or passport number, and phone number on a sign-up page. (2) You're then asked to report your travel history and whether you have come into contact with any confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients in the past 14 days. (3) You also need to tick the boxes for any symptoms they might have: fever, fatigue, dry cough, stuffy nose, running nose, throat ache or diarrhea. After the information is verified by authorities, each user will be assigned a QR code in red, amber or green. To make your travel smoothly in China, your health code in each destination should be colored in “GREEN”. You’d better make sure you have the green one before traveling.

Health QR Code in China

How to Get a 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record?

Most of the cities, hotels and tourist attractions will require you to provide the 14-Day Dynamic Trip Record to display that you have not been to high-risk areas in recent 14 days. You can apply for it as following:

14-Day Dynamic Trip Record

14-Day Dynamic Trip Record Application Procedure


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