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Factsheet: China’s Travel Restrictions due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Currently, China only allows foreign nationals with valid residence permits and visas to enter the country under certain conditions. According to a notice published by China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on December 26, 2022, China has finally decided to remove some of its most stringent travel restrictions starting from January 8, 2023. In order to help Swiss companies assess the possibility of a trip to China, we have compiled the following explanations.

Travel China

Visa for China 

The Embassy of China in Berne and the Consulate General in Zurich resume pre-pandemic visa issuance policy for foreigners who come to China for work, business, study, family visits and reunions. 

The Embassy of China in Berne has published relevant notices on its website.

Flight Possibilities

China scraps COVID flight bans. Airlines need to keep proper prevention measures in place on board including mandatory mask-wearing for passengers. Regarding the arrangement of commercial flights, the Swiss company is advised to check the flight possibilities directly with the airlines, i.e. Lufthansa, SWISS, Air China etc. 

Requirements before Boarding

Effective from January 8, 2023, China-Bound passengers are not required to obtain “Health Code” from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in Switzerland. Passengers are required to take one nucleic acid test within 48 hours before departure, and declare the negative test result to China Customs by filling the “Health Declaration Form”. Those who test positive should postpone their travel until they have a negative test result. The Embassy of China in Berne has published this notice on its website.

Quarantine Policy

China ends quarantine for all inbound travelers as of January 8, 2023. Additionally, nucleic acid tests will no longer be conducted on inbound travelers upon arrival. (Press Release in English)  

Travel within China

COVID test results and health code are no longer be required for travel within China. However, it is still required to wear a mask in shopping malls, supermarkets, cinemas, exhibition halls and airports, as well as all public transports and elevators. It is recommended to wear N95 or KN95 mask for better protection against COVID.


As China may take further steps to facilitate cross-border travels by optimizing visa policies and increasing international flights, the Swiss Business Hub China is closely monitoring the situation and is pleased to answer your questions. Please get in contact with us.

Do you have any questions?

Our local office, the Swiss Business Hub China, is closely monitoring the situation and is pleased to answer your specific questions. Please get in contact with us.

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