*This China coronavirus update will post the latest report every Monday.
*Data lifted from the latest Worldometers.info report and the CDC.
The risk of COVID-19 infections in China is still high. The CDC recommends all travelers to postpone and reschedule their trip to China until further announcements. All nonessential international travel to the country is still not allowed unless for humanitarian aid work, family emergencies, and medical reasons. Authorities are also prohibiting older adults, especially those with underlying medical conditions and those who have increased risk for severe illness, to avoid travelling to China.
If you are in China and you get sick, you can expect limitations in medical help due to the pandemic. Should you be allowed to enter the country, you should plan ahead and at least get health care abroad.
If you tested positive with COVID-19 either with symptoms or asymptomatic during your stay abroad, you would be subject to isolation. You will not receive any clearance until you are fully recovered from the virus. If there are incidents that you get in contact with a person infected with COVID-19, authorities will place you under quarantine for 14 days from the day of your exposure to the virus.
In terms of travel safety, it is best to reconsider travel to China at this moment, including Hong Kong, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared an alert level 3 Travel Health Notice for the country to avoid further infections from COVID-19.
Despite the implementations of restrictions in China, the country already resumed most business industries to help sustain its economy.
China suspended all travel entries from foreigners that are bearers of residence permits or visas on March 28, 2020. After several months of dealing with the virus, the country lifted the ban under modifications of restrictions on August 10, 2020, to allow some foreigners to enter the country. China excluded the United States from the list of countries permitted entry in China.
As mainland China started recovering its economy, the Hong Kong SAR also resumed their transportation systems and business operations under adjusted restrictions. Hong Kong managed to improve conditions on the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Immigration Administration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed on allowing foreigners with a valid residence permit and other personal matters without applying for new visas to enter China. But if residence permits of foreigners expired on the implementation of the travel ban (March 28, 2020), they can apply for renewal by showing their expired residence permits to the authorities. The applicant must present their same purpose before the expiration of the residence permit.
Since August, China already made announcements that they are already allowing foreigners from specified European countries to start their applications for visas again at their respective Chinese consulates or embassies.
Then there are 13 Asian countries that authorities are reviewing for the same reception. They are as follows: Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, or the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and those who bear valid residence permits can also submit their applications for visas at their local Chinese consulates or embassies.
According to a global travel data firm, flights within China are starting to recover fully. The coronavirus pandemic made a significant impact in the aviation industry and grounded most planes since it started.
The country increases reinstating flights and bookings as the COVID-19 cases steadily decrease. There are even reports saying that the aviation industry is returning to its pre-pandemic state. ost flights are slowly recovering with keeping the pandemic under control and aggressive price promotions.
Domestic flights in China are seeing positive results, but their international flights may take a while to recover from the pandemic. Sad news for the international flights as the International Air Transport Association stated that the number of passengers would not return to the pre-pandemic volume until 2024.
If you are travelling to China or any parts of the world, you should observe necessary measures to protect yourself and others from getting infected with COVID-19.
After you travel, you must still take extra caution to protect yourself and others from the disease further. Your travel exposed you to the risk of COVID-19, and you may have the virus already without knowing it. You will put your friends, family, and community at risk for 14 days after exposure to the virus. You should take these actions to avoid further spread of the virus:
Note: This China coronavirus update was first published in October 2020 and has been updated to include the latest developments.