Travel Policy From Beijing, Considerations for EU Companies

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The ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing has raised significant concerns for the European business community. In response, the European Chamber has compiled the background and stance (click to read more) on the outbreak, as well as below practical recommendations for members that are weighing the value and risk of business travel in and out of Beijing.

Considerations for European companies

The impact and severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing continues to develop. Individual members, either with operations in Beijing or that need to move personnel into and out of the jurisdiction, will need to evaluate the situation themselves and make decisions according to ongoing changes to travel restrictions imposed by the government.

The European Chamber has noted that throughout the pandemic, the time between changes to regulations governing the movement of people across jurisdictions in China being publicly announced and their actual implementation has been extremely short. These include the following:

  • On the evening of 15th March, the Beijing authorities announced that people on incoming international flights would be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days. Implementation began hours later at 00:00 on 16th March.
  • Late in the evening of the 26th March, China’s authorities announced that the border would close to all non-PRC citizens, with only a few exceptions. Implementation began at 00:00 on 28th March.
  • For an extended period throughout March and April, Beijing was effectively closed off from the rest of China, with anyone entering the city from another part of China required to undergo 14-day hotel quarantine. On 29th April, the Beijing authorities announced that Beijing would open back up to allow people in and out of the city without mandated quarantine. Implementation began at 0:00 30th April.

The European Chamber therefore encourages member companies to consider the potential risks of business travel in and out of the city, as further tightening could be announced and then implemented within a very short window. Considering that Beijing previously required a 14-day quarantine period for arrivals from the rest of China from mid-February to the end of April, the potential costs of personnel getting caught on the wrong side of the ‘border’ could be significant and long-lasting. 

Members can find the information on official travel policies below (updated on 17th June), which the Chamber will update on a more regular basis now that restrictions are tightening once again.

BEIJING

  • Starting from 16th June, people from high-and-medium-risk areas of Beijing and related personnel of Xinfadi market cannot leave Beijing.
  • People from other parts of Beijing can leave Beijing only when necessary and with negative RNA test result within 7 days.

CHONGQING

  • Travel from high-risk areas in Beijing: subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine in designated places.
  • Travel from medium-risk areas in Beijing: need 14-day quarantine at home, and subject to RNA test in 12 hours.
  • Travel from low-risk areas of Beijing: require the green health QR code.

CHENGDU/SICHUAN

  • Travel from high-risk areas in Beijing: subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine in designated places.
  • Travel from medium-risk areas: subject to a 14-day quarantine at home.

GUANGZHOU

  • Visitors from high risk areas are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine in designated places and RNA test.
  • Visitors form medium risk areas need to conduct RNA test when arrive, comply with the community health management (provide health notice and green health code, carry out health consultation).

NANJING

Travel from Beijing: need to register in advance. No restrictions for those with a green health code; those with yellow or red codes are required to undergo 14-day quarantine in designated places.

SHANDONG

  • Travel from high-risk areas: Quarantine for 14 days; subject to three RNA tests and one antibody test.
  • Travel from mid-risk areas: Quarantine for 14 days; subject to two RNA tests and one antibody test.
  • Travel from low-risk areas of Beijing: one RNA test upon arrival if you’re going to stay in Shandong.

SHANGHAI

  • Visitors from high-risk areas are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine in designated places; subject to two RNA tests. 
  • Visitors from medium-risk areas are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at home; subject to two RNA tests.

SHENYANG

Travel from high-and-medium-risk areas in Beijing: Quarantine for 14 days; subject to two RNA tests.

TIANJIN

  • Red Health Code: 14-day quarantine at designated places;
  • Orange Health Code: 14-day quarantine at home.

OTHER REGIONS

    Daqing

  • All travellers from Beijing: Quarantine for 14 days at designated place plus 7 days at home.

    Heilongjiang

  • All travellers from Beijing: Quarantine at designated places, subject to 2 nucleic acid testing in 48 hours. If test negative, need to quarantine at home for 7 or 14 days depends on risk level of origin. If test positive, need to quarantine at designated places for 14 days.

Disclaimer: Above policies are updated by 17th June. Due to the continually changing situation, please refer to the latest policies released by local government.

Source: EUCCC