Navigating COVID-19 Testing for Travel to China: Your Comprehensive Guide

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, travelers must stay informed about entry requirements for their destinations. In this comprehensive guide, we answer key questions about COVID-19 testing for travelers heading to China and provide essential resources to help you plan your journey with confidence.

COVID-19 Test Requirements for Entry into China

Starting from 8 January 2023, all travelers entering China must provide a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours before boarding their flight. Submit your negative PCR test result by filling in the Health Declaration Form via the China Customs website, or through the China Customs App or We Chat account. Travelers with positive test results will not be allowed to board a flight to China.

Recognizing the Symptoms

·         Fever

·         Dry cough

·         Shortness of breath

·         Fatigue

·         Loss of taste or smell


Minimizing the Risk of Infection


·         Regular hand washing

·         Wearing a mask

·         Practicing social distancing

·         Avoiding crowded areas

·         Staying up-to-date with local guidelines


PCR vs. Lateral Flow Tests for Travel


A PCR test is required for travel to China. Lateral flow tests, also known as rapid antigen tests, are not accepted for entry into China. Some countries may accept lateral flow tests for entry, but always check the specific entry requirements of your destination.


PCR Test Requirements for Travel from the UK


In the UK, PCR tests may still be required for travel, depending on your destination. Always verify the specific entry requirements of the country you are traveling to, as these can change frequently.


Timing Your PCR Test Before Travelling


For travel to China, you must take your PCR test within 48 hours before boarding your flight. This ensures that your test result is recent and accurately reflects your current health status.


Cost of PCR Tests for International Travel


Yes, you typically have to pay for a PCR test when traveling abroad. Prices may vary depending on the testing provider and location.


Finding the Right COVID-19 PCR Test for Your Journey



Reliable PCR Test Providers


·         Optimized Body and Mind: A trusted provider of fit-to-fly PCR tests

·         Boots: Offers PCR tests for travel at select locations

·         Same-day PCR test providers: Search for same-day PCR test services near you for last-minute testing needs


At-Home PCR Test Options


At-home PCR test kits are available from various providers, allowing you to take a COVID-19 test in the comfort of your home. Ensure that your chosen provider is reputable and meets the testing requirements of your destination.


Additional Resources for Travelers to China


·         COVID-19 Entry Requirements: China – UK government's official travel advice

·         Chinese embassies and consulates in your country of residence

·         Local health departments and government websites


In this new era of travel, staying informed, prepared, and adaptable is crucial for Chinese travelers navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. By keeping up-to-date with the latest guidelines, prioritizing health and safety, and leveraging available resources, Chinese travelers can continue to explore the world while minimizing risks. Wishing you safe and enjoyable travels!

Optimized Body & Mind is the ultimate resource for Chinese travelers seeking comprehensive COVID-19 knowledge and fast, reliable Fit-to-Fly tests. Book your PCR or Antigen test, access digital reports with QR codes, and fly with confidence between the UK and China!