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Do You Need Travel Insurance for China?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for China?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for China?
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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 Requirements 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

If you have to travel, here are some Covid safety precautions to take. For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines or the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Covid information for your trip

Do you know the Covid situation for your destination? Keep up with country-specific advisories and notifications.

Health & safety

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

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for China.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Meningitis
  • Shingles
  • COVID-19
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow fever (not necessary if you're traveling to Hong Kong)
  • Pneumonia
  • Japanese encephalitis

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & documentation

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.

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.

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