Domestic travelers to, from Shanghai face mandatory 14-day quarantine amid COVID-19 concerns (Shine, 12.10.2020)
Mandatory requirements to check temperatures and use health apps or scan QR codes to prove travel history are in place at transport hubs, hotels, commercial buildings including restaurants, residential compounds and other locations – such locations are also increasingly requiring use of ‘health kit code’ apps to demonstrate health condition and travel history. Restrictions on movement and quarantine arrangements remain for travel between different parts of the country. Some cities and provinces require travellers from high to medium risk areas to undergo 14 days of isolation in their place of residence or in centralised observation. Quarantine is enforced at the neighbourhood level, procedures vary, it is recommended to check in advance. The posibility that local authorities impose mandatory quarantine in response to fresh outbreaks is high There have been reports of individuals who have frequented bars or restaurants where there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 being mandated to undergo 14 days of centralised quarantine. A record should be kept with the latest developments and this travel advice. There have been reports of discrimination against foreign nationals in China as a result of a perceived risk that they might re-import COVID-19.
Authorities tighten restrictions in Urumqi because of spike in COVID-19 cases (CNN, 20.07.2020). Hundreds of flights to and from Urumqi, the capital of China's far western region of Xinjiang, were canceled on Friday, after the region reported the first confirmed case of coronavirus. (Al Jazeera, 17.07.2020).
Quarantine requirement at government designated site.
Following health checks on arrival, you will then need to enter quarantine for at least 14 days. Quarantine is usually spent at either a centralised government hotel (with costs covered by the traveller) or your home. Quarantine requirements can change at short notice and may differ from province to province.
Follow-up swab tests are likely to take place during your quarantine period. Family members of someone who tests positive, or those who have been in close contact, will be required to go into a government quarantine hospital. For all quarantine arrangements in China:
Unless directed by the authorities you are not allowed to leave your designated quarantine location for 14 days. This means you are also unable to leave China for the duration of the quarantine. Depending on the quarantine location, facilities may be basic: there may be no fridge, no air-conditioning, and limited or no internet/wifi. During your stay you will be responsible for cleaning the room; If meals are not available at the quarantine location, you will need to arrange food orders for delivery from outside. Larger sized families with two parents may be separated into 2 rooms. If you’re on prescription medication make sure you bring enough with you to last for at least 3-4 weeks together with medical documents certifying that you need to take this medication. Failure to comply with the quarantine conditions or testing put in place, or any attempts to deliberately conceal health conditions can result in being sentenced to up to three years in prison. This applies to both Chinese and foreign nationals.
COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.
All travellers arriving in China must present a QR code generated from a completed "Health Declaration Form" before they travel. From 7th September, alongside the form, travellers must provide evidence of a negative test for COVID-19 taken no more than 3 days before travel. The Chinese authorities have specified a ‘nucleic acid’ test which they have explained is the standard test for COVID-19.
All overseas passenger arrivals are subject to health checks on arrival (likely involving nucleic acid or swab tests). Those failing health checks may be sent to a designated hospital for treatment.