When can international students go to China? (Updated)

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Can students enter China? Since 8th January 2023 the Chinese border is opening, there is no longer any quarantine for students entering China. Applications are open for full-time international degree students to apply to Chinese student X1 visas.

Flights back to China remain somewhat limited, and the prices of flights could are still higher than before the pandemics. Some airlines are offering student discounts.  Emirates, Trip.com, Pakistan International Airways.

Students will need to closely follow China’s epidemic procedures to return to China. Please contact your university and embassy for the latest information.

You can also check out some interviews with students in China on our Youtube here.

(Last updated April 2023). 

11th April – Updates

  • China is calling back international students to China for September 2023 intake.

8th January – Updates

  • China announced that from 8th January, China is changing its COVID-19 entry requirements for all travellers entering the country.
    • Note that eligibility for visas for travel to China remains restricted. Please register your email for updates on this page for further updates or contact your embassy and university for more information.
    • From 8th January, there will be no quarantine for inbound passengers to China.
    • If you are due to arrive in China on or after 8 January 2023, China time, you will need a negative nucleic acid test 48 hours before departure and have to wear protective masks onboard flights. You must 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 WeChat account.
    • Anyone reporting a positive test result will not be permitted to board a flight to China.
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Can Chinese Language Students Go to China?

Will the Chinese border open fully in 2023 for all visas?  Since the final decisions are made by the Chinese government, we cannot give exact dates. Register your email on this page for updates and we will keep you updated.

If you have been contacted by your university and given permission to return to China, please make sure to contact your university and the Chinese embassy in your country for the steps to return to China.

What can you do to learn more?

  1. Communicate with your university and Chinese embassy to your country. They will be the first to tell you if you can return.
  2. Check your email frequently.
  3. Check this page frequently – and sign up for the email
  4. Coordinate with your classmates from your country and university to find community and share information.
  5. Get vaccinated.
  6. If you will return to China when you are given notice, click here for more information.

📰 News Updates on Students’ Return to China

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🌐 Global Admissions

If you are looking for options to study outside of China we have Global Admissions to help you!

On Global Admissions, you can…

  1. Apply to universities around the world in one convenient application
  2. See which countries are open to international students
  3. Check out global scholarships

💉 Vaccine Requirements to Enter China

Will students need a vaccine to enter China? Yes, students must be vaccinated in order to return to China. The vaccines you get must be recognized by either China or the World Health Organization. If it is possible for you to get a booster shot closer to your departure date, we strongly recommend it.

A vaccine passport is a required document for visas/flights.

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🏨 Quarantine Times and Costs

There is no longer any requirement for quarantine in China!

✍️ Applying for Intake 2023

Chinese universities are open to applicants from international students this application season. Learn more about applying to the 2023 intake here!

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

Learn more about why you should apply early. 

👩‍💻Online Courses

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

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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!

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
2 years ago

Thank you for the information

Nega Tmene
Nega Tmene
2 years ago

i need study my PhD IN YOUR UNIVERSITY

Thomas koshy
Thomas koshy
2 years ago

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

Fawad
Fawad
2 years 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
1 year ago

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

Denis Voskresenskiy
Denis Voskresenskiy
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Yaroslav
Yaroslav
1 year ago

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

Lauryn Alfred
Lauryn Alfred
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Shamsur Rahman
Shamsur Rahman
1 year ago

Thank you for all information.

Octave
Octave
1 year ago

I’m waiting for announcement of china government

Usama Ubaid
Usama Ubaid
1 year ago

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

Sundeed Shan
Sundeed Shan
1 year ago

Kindly update about Yunnan forestry and technological collage in kunming city

kamlesh yadav
kamlesh yadav
1 year ago

When will the University of China open?

kamlesh yadav
kamlesh yadav
1 year ago

I can start internship in June?

EPHRAIM Eliab
EPHRAIM Eliab
1 year ago

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

EPHRAIM Eliab
EPHRAIM Eliab
1 year ago

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

EPHRAIM Eliab
EPHRAIM Eliab
1 year 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 year 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 year ago

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

Mia
Mia
1 year ago

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

Saba
Saba
1 year ago

Does the students are allowed to enter in china

Roy Towner
Roy Towner
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

How about international students in September

Ruchira Mitra
Ruchira Mitra
1 year 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
1 year ago

How about Bangladeshi students???

LUKE KAKPA PESSIMA
LUKE KAKPA PESSIMA
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

Will admissions for mbbs will open in 2022 for Pakistani students

DERESE BELIHU
DERESE BELIHU
1 year ago

2022 new students how to enter china university?

Studyboy123
Studyboy123
1 year 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 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Rumi
Rumi
1 year ago

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

gustave
gustave
1 year ago

Hello, I want to ask if you get a pre-admission letter from the university means that you have the opportunity of being awarded a CSC scholarship or if it is 50% of being selected

Sena Erdem
Sena Erdem
1 year ago

Hello ;

I won a Chinese government scholarship and only heard from one school. Will CSC winners be able to enter china this year? Do you have information?

Halimah
Halimah
1 year ago

The borders are soon opening for Pakistani students… Is there a possibility for South African students to travel by September?

JIBRIL GOLI BUTA
JIBRIL GOLI BUTA
1 year ago

Thank you very much for your valuable information

Islam
Islam
1 year ago

Is there any update for Iraqi students returning back?

Shreya
Shreya
1 year ago

Is there any update regarding Indian students?

Marackar Karuvally Abdul Jaleel
Marackar Karuvally Abdul Jaleel
1 year ago

when MBBS students can go back to china, any news

Wubetu Anley Belay
Wubetu Anley Belay
1 year ago

In Ethiopia, the Chinese Embassy offers student visas,

Wubetu Belay
Wubetu Belay
1 year ago

How much do the Quarantine cost and Times for Ethiopian students return to China

Alltruth
Alltruth
1 year ago

I’m a final year student in China in Liaoning. For those who want to return, i wouldn’t recommend that.
We have been on quarantine for 4 months. Plus we get tested everyday. Complete insanity 😩😢😭😭😭

Elie Serge
Elie Serge
1 year ago

Hello Madam Savannah…, About Africains countries, how is it going ? Do u have any information about Dalian polytechnic university international student coming ?

Last edited 1 year ago by Elie Serge
Andy
Andy
1 year ago

Hi, I have been nominated for exchange with Renmin University for Fall 2022. If I am to enter China on a Q2 visa, will I be able to apply for a X student visa from within China?

Last edited 1 year ago by Andy
Luke Kakpa Pessima
Luke Kakpa Pessima
1 year ago

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

Tosfad
Tosfad
1 year ago

What’s the hope for Nigerian that newly offer admission into Beijing information and science university for September resumption?

Hassan Faraz Kaleem
Hassan Faraz Kaleem
1 year ago

I want to do mbbs from china

Luke Kakpa Pessima
Luke Kakpa Pessima
1 year ago

Is any update on the border open?

AHMAD MURAD
AHMAD MURAD
1 year ago

Hello savannah how are you kindly let me know that is there any confirmation about the china borders open for the international students in this september intake 2022?

Wael
Wael
1 year ago

What is the best vaccine type preferred to enter China? Please advise?!

ABDUR RAFIQ
ABDUR RAFIQ
1 year ago

Hello dear
I’m seeking Admission in M.phil in the following Subjects if available i.e English, Education, political science and Pakistan Studies as i have done masters in all of the above.

Fatima
Fatima
1 year ago

Hi, I am undergraduate of Doctor of Physical Therapy . Can I apply for MBBS after completing my degree? And what will be the time span of MBBS?

Adyasha Sarangi
Adyasha Sarangi
1 year ago

Would like to know when Indian medical students of KMU, KUNMING will be able to go to University?

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