Entry requirements to China
The Chinese authorities have introduced requirements for passengers arriving in China.
Please note that entry restrictions might be subject to change on short notice. All customers are responsible for ensuring that they are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.
- Foreign visitors must hold a visa that has been issued after 28 March 2020. Please go to the IATA website for more information and exceptions.
- All customers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), also called an Electronic Health Declaration, prior to travel and show proof of having completed the form to the airline before boarding and to the authorities on arrival (a print/screenshot of the QR-code received upon completion of the electronic declaration).
You can make the electronic declaration via the following channels:
- Wechat (recommendable)
- China Customs mobile app
You can change the language from Chinese to English by choosing “Health Declaration” on the first page of the app. After this, you can see the English language option in the right upper corner.
- Online declaration: http://health.customsapp.com/home/pages/index/index.html
- Please note that the online form does not accept all email addresses (you need to submit your email address to receive the required QR-code) if you are not able to complete the online declaration successfully, kindly use WeChat or download the Mobile App.
- Important: Please complete your Electronic Health Declaration form only after you have checked-in on your flight to China, as you will need to enter your actual seat number in the form. Please have the QR-code (which you will receive once you have completed the health declaration form) available as you need to present it to the airline representative at the time of boarding. You can see the pictures of the required documents here.
Effective 7th of September 2020: all customers travelling from or via Helsinki to China are required to hold a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test result received earliest 3 days before travel. Please note that the test can be taken already, for example, 4-5 days before travel, if receiving the test-result takes 1-2 days, provided that the test result is received from the medical outlet earliest 3 days before travel.
- The COVID-19 nucleic acid test shall be carried out at a facility designated or recognized by the overseas Chinese Embassy/Consulate in the country where you start your journey (please contact to the local Chinese Embassy for details).
- You must submit the negative COVID-19 test result, together with a scanned copy of your passport biodata page and flight details (via WeChat or email) to the local Chinese Embassy/Consulate in the country where you start your journey from.
- A special Health Code (for Chinese nationals) or an Embassy endorsed Health Declaration Form (for foreign nationals) must be obtained from the local Chinese Embassy/Consulate before travel.
- Airlines are required to check these health codes/forms at the time of boarding – failure to obtain a health code/form from the embassy prior to travel or holding a code/form that will expire before the person arrives in China, will result in denied boarding from the flight.
It is good to know that your temperature will be scanned at the departure gate in Helsinki. Those not fulfilling the health requirements set by the Chinese health authorities and those showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding.
Random temperature scanning is also possible during the flight.
All customers must wear facial masks during the whole flight and should not remove their masks unless necessary, e.g., during meals.
You will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and will be quarantined for 14 days at your own cost in designated places.
Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.
Check your options here, if your travel plans change due to the travel restrictions.