Traveling can be an exciting adventure... but dealing with customs and health declarations a tedious task.
For those who frequently cross the borders of the Chinese mainland, the Health Declaration Code process is a familiar (wearisome) ritual, requiring travelers – both Chinese citizens and foreigners alike – to provide a plethora of information.
This typically includes details about the traveler's residence history over the past 14 days, their health condition, flight information, and – until recently – a pre-departure COVID test result.
However, a significant update on September 16, has simplified this process once again.
Removal of Certain Declaration Fields: Gone are the days of specifying your domestic residence and seat number on your flight. These fields have been eliminated from the declaration.
Simplified Reporting for Residence History and Contact Information: The requirement to provide extensive details about your travel history and contact information has been streamlined.
These changes have led to a significant reduction in the number of fields that travelers need to complete when applying for Health Declaration Codes.
For entry declarations, the information has been reduced from 18 items to 10.
For exit declarations, it has gone from 17 items to 9.
Travelers between Chinese mainland and Hong Kong or Macau now only need to complete 9 items, down from 11.
The updated user interface for Health Declaration. Screenshot by That's
While travelers will still need to apply for a Health Declaration Code each time they enter or exit the Chinese mainland, these ongoing optimizations and simplifications in the process suggest a future where these declarations might become even more hassle-free.
A must have image on your phone. China Customs Health Declaration WeChat mini program code.
Whether you're a seasoned traveler or an occasional globetrotter, these changes should make your journey a bit smoother. For more travel-related updates and information, stay tuned to our WeChat official account, That's GBA!
[Cover image by Billy Jiang/That's]