Last updated July 22, 2021


China is a vast country with a rich and long history. Travel the enormous majesty of the Great Wall of China, the stunning remnants of history seen in the Terracotta Army and the natural wonder of the Chengdu Giant Pandas. In China, you can explore treasures of the past and enjoy all the excitement of large cities like Hong Kong.




Travel insurance is recommended for China

While travel insurance isn't mandatory for entry to China, it's highly recommended. Travel insurance can protect your trip investment and your physical health. So even though you don't need medical insurance to travel to China, paying a little up front for travel insurance can save you from facing high medical bills. It's always better to have travel insurance and not use it than to need travel insurance and not have it.


With a wide range of plans on the market, how do you find the best travel insurance for China? That's where VisitorsCoverage comes in. Using our site tools and resources you can find, compare and buy the best travel insurance for your China trip.


For travelers with pre-existing conditions, senior travelers and those looking for more complete coverage, a comprehensive plan is the best option. If you are looking for basic coverage at an affordable price, a limited plan may be the way to go.


COVID-19 in China

China has a relatively low number of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends following safety protocols if you decide to travel to China.


Consider Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance so that you may recoup some of your costs if you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans for any reason, including COVID-19-related concerns.


If travel is a must, here are some precautions to take:

Before you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 1 to 3 days before your trip.
  • If you were exposed to COVID-19, are sick, or test positive for the disease, do not travel
  • Follow all entry requirements for China and be sure you have all required documentation, including medical insurance that covers COVID-19 in China.

During travel:
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing protocols
  • Wash your hands often
  • Be vigilant. If you experience any symptoms take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around her

After you travel:
  • Get tested 3 to 5 days after you return to your home country
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days
  • If you don't get tested, it's best to self-quarantine for at least 10 days

Traveling from the United States:
  • If you have a return flight to the U.S., you must get a viral test in China no more than 3 days before your flight, and the test results have to be negative
  • Keep your test results on hand in case you're asked for them
  • Follow all United States guidelines and airline protocols



Health & Safety Tips

Getting around in China can be difficult due to the high population density and lack of widely-accepted traffic laws. For this reason, it's a good idea to take public transportation to get around like subways, trains and buses which have better safety records.


As with any place you are visiting, it is a good idea to obey local laws and customs. You will also want to avoid getting into any illegal taxis or scams designed specifically for tourists. One common scam is people offering to help you see popular tourist attractions or get good liquor or tea. For this reason, we recommend planning your outings ahead of time to avoid getting sucked into one of these scams. Also, be sure to carry small bills rather than 100 yuan and larger notes to avoid being short-changed when paying for taxis, food and such.


Before traveling to China, be sure to check your local government's recommendations for travel advisories, particularly when it comes to illness which can spread quickly in highly-populated areas. Consider packing or purchasing a face mask if you plan to be in large cities with heavy air pollution.


If you're worried about potential outbreaks of diseases and may want to cancel your trip at the last minute, consider purchasing cancel for any reason insurance, so that you can recoup your potential losses if you decide to cancel your trip.


Necessary Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for China: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever (not necessary if you are only traveling to Hong Kong), Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.


Visas and Documentation for China

Most people will need a visa to enter China, even for short periods of time. Please consult your country's suggestions for traveling to China and to find out how to get the appropriate visa for your trip.

There are a few notable exceptions to the visa rule. Citizens of Brunei, Japan and Singapore do not need a visa to visit China for 15 days or less. Citizens of Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada, Qatar, Seychelles, Tonga and the United Arab Emirates do not need a visa to enter China for 30 days or less. Citizens of Mauritius do not need a visa to enter the country for 60 days or less. Citizens of San Marino and Bosnia and Herzegovina do not need a visa to visit China for 90 days or less.


There are a few notable exceptions to the visa rule. Citizens of Brunei, Japan and Singapore do not need a visa to visit China for 15 days or less. Citizens of Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada, Qatar, Seychelles, Tonga and the United Arab Emirates do not need a visa to enter China for 30 days or less. Citizens of Mauritius do not need a visa to enter the country for 60 days or less. Citizens of San Marino and Bosnia and Herzegovina do not need a visa to visit China for 90 days or less.


Please note that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. Hong Kong is a former British colony and still retains some political autonomy and has separate visa requirements. You can find out more about the specific regions where you are planning to travel.