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Can students enter China? So far throughout 2022, small groups of students from multiple countries around the world have been able to enter China. The return is being announced and coordinated via embassies. The returning groups of students are very small and we do not know which countries are next.

Currently, only a few international students are able to go to China – those studying at Tianjin Juilliard, NYU Shanghai (and here), some Schwarzman Scholarship students, South Korean students, 30 Nicaraguan scholarship holders, 80+ Solomon Island students, some Thai students, some Sri Lankan students, some Sri Lankan students, and Russian students. (Last updated May 18, 2022). 

When will China’s borders open for international students–can they go in 2022/2023/2024? So far only a few small groups of students have entered. We do not know when more will be able to return.

Students will need to quarantine, take tests, and follow China’s epidemic procedures. To see details on the costs, scroll down.

If you are applying to study in China, we strongly advise you to make other plans, so you have options in case you’re not able to come to China right away.

What is the situation for international students in China now?

  1. Students who are located outside of China are taking classes online.
  2. Many students located in China are also taking online classes as Chinese universities close their campuses due to Omicron outbreaks.
  3. Some students living on Chinese university campuses are locked down on the campus and cannot leave the grounds.

What can you do to learn more?

  1. Communicate with your university and Chinese embassy from your country. They will be the first to tell you if you can return.
  2. Check your email and this page frequently.
  3. Coordinate with your classmates from your country and university to find community and share information.
  4. Get vaccinated.
  5. If you will return to China when you are given notice, begin to save money (cost breakdown below)
  6. If you are given notice to return to China, you can privately contact me savannah@china-admissions.com

📰 Latest updates in the news

  • As of May 18, 2022, the most severe lockdowns in Shanghai are expected to slowly lift in June (source, source), but China confirms it will not change Dynamic Zero-Covid policies.
    • A study by Fudan University (source) discovered that if Zero-Covid is lifted, 1.55 million deaths could occur in China.
    • Xi Jinping confirmed that China will not waver from Zero-Covid (source).
    • In Shanghai, strict epidemic prevention procedures will continue to prevent future serious outbreaks (source). Beijing is conduction regular mass testing (source).
  • As of May 4, 2022, some cities such as Beijing and Xiamen are experimenting with shorter quarantine times for overseas arrivals–from 14+7 to 10+7 (source, source).
  • 🇷🇺 As of May 3, 2022, a group of 150 Russian students are confirmed to have landed in China. (source, source)
    • Cities: the students will complete their initial 14+7 quarantine in hotels in Shenzhen and Harbin
    • Universities: the students are attending a variety of universities, including BFSU and Guangzhou South China University of Technology.
  • 🇮🇳 As of April 29, 2022, the Chinese Ministry of Education announced it will “consider facilitating the return of Indian students to China.” (source, source, source)
    • Indian students, fill out your information in this form by May 8, 2022: https://t.co/nFlkVYttmW
    • The Chinese side will verify the list and decide which students can travel to China
    • Indian students traveling to China will bear all quarantine and travel expenses. For more on how to estimate the costs, scroll down to “Quarantine Times and Costs”

See All Previous News and Full Timeline Information ▶️▶️

Check the status of different countries around the world here. You can see that China is not the only country with restricted entry for students. Also, read about the things every student should consider before studying abroad during Covid.

We are unable to provide any more information about Covid travel guidelines for your specific country, program, or university.

If you have questions about your specific country, university, or program, you can reach out to your program administration or the Chinese embassy in your home country.

If you are contacted by your university saying you can return to China, please email me at savannah@china-admissions.com.

💉 Vaccine Requirements

Will students need a vaccine to enter China? At this point, we aren’t sure yet. However, we can confirm that some Chinese work visas, reunion visas, and M Visa applications do require proof of a Chinese Covid-19 Vaccine.

We will update this section as more news becomes available. At this point, we recommend all students get vaccinated.

can students enter china

🏨 Quarantine Times and Costs

China has a “Dynamic Zero Covid” policy. This means that hotel quarantine times, available flights, and the cost of quarantine/flights are constantly changing as different outbreaks happen in Chinese cities or around the world.

can students enter china? China's dynamic zero covid quarantine strategy

China also reserves the right to cancel or limit flights from countries where there are Covid outbreaks, or to restrict travel into a Chinese city that is experiencing a Covid outbreak.

China’s “Dynamic Zero Covid” policy is designed to keep Covid from spreading in China. The downside is, for foreign students, it is extremely difficult to predict quarantine times, available flights, and total costs ahead of time.

For Russian students, the Twitter account @takeusbacktoCHN calculated the total costs of return to China for Russian students.

Russian students needed to….

  • Quarantine in the departure city in Russia for 7 days: total 2500 RMB
  • 5 Covid tests in Russia: 1300 RMB
  • Flight ticket: 4000-15000+ RMB (depending on city of arrival)
  • Quarantine in China (21 days in Shenzhen): 9450 RMB (8 total nucleic acid tests, free in China)

when can students return to china - Cost breakdown

China Admissions has no control over the costs associated with returning to China and did not create these numbers. We are only sharing this information here so you can be informed.

If you want to roughly calculate the total costs, we recommend using the standard quarantine time of 14+7. You can calculate the cost of 21 total days in a Chinese hotel + the cost of a flight into China. 

  • We cannot make an accurate prediction of total quarantine times or costs for foreign students at this time.
  • We know the costs may be quite high for students.
  • We do not know what financial support universities/the Chinese government will provide to students, if any. 

✍️ Applying for Intake 2022

Chinese universities are open to applicants from international students this application season. Learn more about applying to the 2022 intake here!

Undeniably, there is a certain degree of risk planning to attend university internationally during these times. However, it’s better to apply now and withdraw later than to miss the deadline and opportunity completely. 

Also we strongly advise you to make other plans, so you have options in case you’re not able to come to China.

China Admissions can help you prepare an application, communicate with the university, and update you on the latest China news. 

If you are interested in beginning a program at a Chinese university in 2022, we recommend that you begin the application process as early as possible. 

Learn more about why you should apply early. 

Read the 10 things every student should know before studying abroad during Covid

👩‍💻Online Courses

By this point, Chinese universities have adapted to the fact that some of their students live outside of China. They are providing more services and opportunities for international students online!

For students who cannot enter China, there is no need to pause your learning. We encourage you to take advantage of opportunities in your home country and online. 

can students enter China

We have many exciting online courses available for students all around the world:

If you are enrolled in a degree program in a Chinese university, it is up to the university to organize and schedule your online classes. They will vary depending on the university. 

🧠 Maintaining Health & Building Mental Strength

Please also make sure to read the tips here on how to deal with challenging situations. Strengthening your mind is something that can benefit everyone, and it is important to make sure to take some time and attention to continually strengthen your mental health during this time.

  • Turn off the news and social media
  • Get some fresh air and regular movement
  • Invest in your local community
  • Have a hobby for yourself
  • Make alternate plans
  • Ask for help
  • Stay connected!

🌐 Global Admissions Updates

What are the options to study in other countries? You can check the entry status according to each country here.

We explain more here:

Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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ABDOU EL KASSIM ALI ABDOU
ABDOU EL KASSIM ALI ABDOU
8 months ago

Thank you for the information

Nega Tmene
Nega Tmene
8 months ago

i need study my PhD IN YOUR UNIVERSITY

Thomas koshy
Thomas koshy
8 months ago

Would like to know when international students can go back to continue with their studies.

Fawad
Fawad
7 months ago

I have heard that there is notice about living expenses for those who are graduated outside china and for those who are studying online and completed all the requirements of MOE? Please can you confirm it

Ahad Ali
Ahad Ali
7 months ago

Kindly update about Dali university foreign MBBS students .when will uni cal them back

Denis Voskresenskiy
Denis Voskresenskiy
7 months ago

My exchange semester starts in february 2022, can I hope for any opening if my exchange starts just at the time or just after the olympics?

Laizu Begum
Laizu Begum
8 days ago

Have any latest update about return of Bangladeshi MBBS student to china.

Yaroslav
Yaroslav
5 months ago

Does that mean if I’ll sign to  Tianjin Juilliard then I’ll be able to enter China?

Lauryn Alfred
Lauryn Alfred
4 months ago

I’ll like to apply to Shantou university medical college. But I want to know if I can do the intern year (6th year) in my country. Or in China?

Jefferson J A Gaye
Jefferson J A Gaye
3 months ago

Is there any latest update about when will international students go to China?

Shamsur Rahman
Shamsur Rahman
3 months ago

Thank you for all information.

Octave
Octave
3 months ago

I’m waiting for announcement of china government

Usama Ubaid
Usama Ubaid
3 months ago

I have done pakvac vaccine may I enter to China through pak vac cansino vaccine certificate

Sundeed Shan
Sundeed Shan
2 months ago

Kindly update about Yunnan forestry and technological collage in kunming city

kamlesh yadav
kamlesh yadav
2 months ago

When will the University of China open?

kamlesh yadav
kamlesh yadav
2 months ago

I can start internship in June?

EPHRAIM Eliab
EPHRAIM Eliab
2 months ago

I need to find out when can I apply for the next Semester. Iam from Papua New Guinea.

EPHRAIM Eliab
EPHRAIM Eliab
2 months ago

What would be the cost of the vaccine per an international student ?

EPHRAIM Eliab
EPHRAIM Eliab
2 months ago

Thanks so much..I just find out that vaccine in my country of Papua New Guinea is free so we won’t have any problem with that.

Regards
Ephraim Eliab

M.A. Senevirathna
M.A. Senevirathna
1 month ago

My son came back to Sri Lanka while he was following his medical internship in affiliated hospital in Dalian Medical University . Is this university included in the priority list ……?

M.A. Senevirathna
M.A. Senevirathna
1 month ago

Madam , Dalian Medical University is also included in this list…..?

Mia
Mia
1 month ago

Does anyone have a brief estimate when they’ll let international students in ? Maybe 2024/25 possibly?

Saba
Saba
1 month ago

Does the students are allowed to enter in china

Roy Towner
Roy Towner
25 days ago

Why does China insist on foreign visitors having a vaccine produced there when there are proven, superior alternatives widely available in the rest of the developed world? Self-defeating surely.

Ahad Ali
Ahad Ali
21 days ago

Kindly inform about latest news of Dali foreign medical students.as my daughter is still taking her MBBSonline classes n her 4th year is about to end۔m much worried about her career ۔we are paying but

Silas Njura
Silas Njura
17 days ago

I have applied for CSC and rocommended to apply Shanghai Jiao Tong university masters course does that mean CSC has already awarded me?

Octave
Octave
17 days ago

How about international students in September

Ruchira Mitra
Ruchira Mitra
15 days ago

I am a CAS-TWAS PhD student from India. Is there any chance for me to return to China ? My university is University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and my institute is Institute of Microbiology.

Rashel
Rashel
11 days ago

How about Bangladeshi students???

LUKE KAKPA PESSIMA
LUKE KAKPA PESSIMA
9 days ago

Good afternoon, sir, how are you doing?
Sir, I want to know if you are going to allow international students on campus.
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LUKE KAKPA PESSIMA
LUKE KAKPA PESSIMA
9 days ago

Sierra Leone West Africa
Good afternoon, sir, how are you doing?
Sir, I want to know if you are going to allow international students on campus.
?

Rabia
Rabia
8 days ago

Will admissions for mbbs will open in 2022 for Pakistani students

DERESE BELIHU
DERESE BELIHU
8 days ago

2022 new students how to enter china university?

Studyboy123
Studyboy123
6 days ago

Whats the likelihood to enter China Sept 2022? I have a pre-admission from Peking with CSC nomination (from UK).

Ayma Iqbal
Ayma Iqbal
1 day ago

Is it true 1st batch of Pakistani going to China on 30th may ??
Please tell me is it fake or real news ?

Saika
Saika
21 hours ago

I wanted to do mbbs in china and for that I waited 1 year should I continue to think about doing Mbbs there in 2023 or not . I am not able to do anything else please help me to get out of this dilemma

Saika
Saika
7 hours ago

It means that there is hope that I can get admission in china in 2023

Rumi
Rumi
7 hours ago

I want to confirm that now if i get admission in china will i be able to go there and have offline classes

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