BIG NEWS! China Scraps Travel Health Declaration Requirements

By Billy Jiang, October 31, 2023

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On the morning of October 31, the General Administration of Customs of China announced the cancellation of the health declaration code for entry and exit.

2023-151-_20231031744.pngAnnouncement made by the General Administration of Customs of China. Screenshot by That's

As of November 1, 2023, both Chinese citizens and foreigners will no longer be required to fill out health declaration codes when entering or leaving the Chinese mainland, marking the end of a chapter that began with the re-launch of the code in January 2020.

The notice emphasizes that travelers who exhibit symptoms of infectious diseases or have been diagnosed with communicable illnesses must voluntarily report their health status to customs officials and cooperate with health quarantine procedures.

In fact, as of October 28, some individuals entering and leaving the Chinese mainland through the Shenzhen border had already noticed that the equipment for health declaration was being withdrawn, and they were not required to fill out or present health declaration codes.

Currently, the WeChat and Alipay mini-programs, as well as the web versions of the health declaration forms, remain operational. 

Travelers who still need to complete customs declarations can do so by scanning the relevant QR codes and filling out the necessary forms online.


The end of a chapter. Image by That's

The change comes as a welcome development for travelers, and represents the scrapping of the last (?) remaining COVID rules for those entering or leaving the country. 

Do you welcome this change? Feel free to share your thoughts. Stay tuned for the latest news and updates in the Greater Bay Area by following our official WeChat account, ThatsGBA.

[Cover image by Billy Jiang/That's]

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