🆕 When can students enter China? (Updated Weekly)
Register here for our weekly email newsletter updates with all the updates.
Can students enter China? So far throughout 2022, small groups of students from multiple countries around the world have been able to enter China after receiving permission from their university/PRC Embassy in their country. The returning groups of students are very small and we do not know which countries or universities are next in line. After Premier Li Keqiang’s announcement that “all students can return to China” (source, source, Chinese source) we expect the border to continue opening consistently but slowly to more students.
Which international students can go to China? 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, Russian students, Pakistani students, Duke Kunshan University students. More Chinese universities are privately reaching out to their students to call them back or collect information on their status. (Last updated August 12, 2022).
How can students go to China now? Please click here for more information.
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.
Check out options in Malaysia, UK, and other countries here.
Which countries are open to international students now? Please Click Here.
Will China’s Border Open in Fall 2022?
So far, only a few small groups of students have been able to enter China. There is a trend of small groups of students (mostly from Asian countries or Sino-foreign universities) who have received permission to enter China for the fall semester 2022. We do not know when more will be able to return.
Will the Chinese border open for students in 2023? The entry of many small groups of students from various countries and universities is an encouraging sign. After Premier Li Keqiang’s announcement that “all students can return to China” (source, source, Chinese source) we expect the border to continue opening consistently but slowly to more students. However, we can still not predict with any accuracy at what date the Chinese border will be fully open to pre-Covid levels. Continue to check this page regularly for more news.
If you have been contacted by your university and given permission to return to China, please click here for more information:
What is the situation for international students in China now?
- Students who are located outside of China are taking classes online.
- Many students located in China are taking daily/weekly Covid tests.
- Students in a Chinese city with a Covid outbreak are locked down on campus.
- Students are still able to apply to Chinese universities even if they are outside of China.
What can you do to learn more?
- Communicate with your university and Chinese embassy to your country. They will be the first to tell you if you can return.
- Check your email frequently.
- Check this page frequently — We update daily.
- Coordinate with your classmates from your country and university to find community and share information.
- Get vaccinated.
- If you will return to China when you are given notice, click here for more information.
- If you are given notice to return to China, you can privately contact me email@example.com
📰 News Updates on Students’ Return to China
- As of August 12, 2022, we have heard from a few more students that they are being called back to China by their universities or having their information/vaccine status collected, including ZUST, HUST, and more. The students are being contacted directly and individually by their universities.
- It is very important to check your university email and be patient. Universities will open to different students and departments at different dates and we have no control over that process.
- 🇲🇳 As of August 8, 2022, The Mongolian and Chinese sides issued a joint statement: “The two sides agreed to … increase direct flights between the two countries to facilitate personnel exchanges, and support Mongolian students in returning to China to resume classes at an early date.” (source)
- A timeline has not been announced.
- Mongolian students can contact their embassy or university for more information.
- As of August 8, 2022, the Twitter account of Ji Rong of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a new policy is coming soon for all students to return to China (source). It has been confirmed by other Chinese MFA spokespeople on Twitter.
- This policy has not been formally implemented yet. Students should not depend on this policy yet because it has not been formally announced.
- It is unknown what the exact contents of this policy will be. A timeline is also unknown.
- 🇧🇩 As of August 8, 2022, Bangladesh and China announced Bangladeshi students are able to apply for visas and return to China (source)
- Bangladeshi students should contact their university and embassy for more information.
- You can also check here: Procedures to Return to China for International Students
- As of July 26, 2022, multiple news outlets reported on Premier Li Keqiang’s announcement that all students can return to China. (source, source, Chinese source)
- These policy changes may take a months-years to take effect for all students.
- China will need to increase available flights, increase quarantine hotel capacity for students, and increasingly allow embassies to process student X visas–the process will need patience.
- We expect that the trend of slowly opening group by group will continue throughout 2022, but most students will not be able to return to China in time for the fall 2022 semester.
See More News for all Countries and Full Timeline Information ▶️▶️
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
🌐 Global Admissions + Transfer Options
On Global Admissions, you can…
- Apply to universities around the world in one convenient application
- See which countries are open to international students
- Check out global scholarships
- Transfer to another university anywhere in the world
To help students, right now we are offering a free application service.
💉 Vaccine Requirements
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.
🏨 Quarantine Times and Costs
How long do students need to quarantine in China?
Students will need to follow China’s quarantine rules, which have just been changed to a minimum of 10 total days of quarantine: 7 days in a government quarantine facility and 3 days of home observation, either in a hotel or private accommodation (original Chinese). 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.
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.
What steps do I need to follow to return to China? Please click here.
How much does it cost for students to return to China?
The costs to return to China are to be borne by the student and include the following basic cost: Flight to China, Quarantine for 10 day minimum in a Chinese hotel, Covid Test fees. Here are some estimates of costs:
Duke Kunshan University (DKU) students will complete a 14+7 quarantine: two weeks of centralized quarantine in Shanghai and Kunshan/Suzhou, followed by a week of home health management in DKU accommodation. DKU students on financial aid can apply for up to $3000 USD in quarantine finance support (source).
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)
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 7+3. You can calculate the cost of 10 total days in a Chinese hotel + the cost of a flight into China.
Here is more information about the procedures to return to China:
🧳 What to pack for Quarantine in China
If you have been given notice to return to China, you will need to pack and prepare to travel to China (maybe for the first time!) and also prepare for at least three weeks in hotel quarantine, potentially longer if the city you travel to experiences a Covid outbreak.
Based on the requirements of the airline, you may not be able to bring a lot of luggage with you–maybe only 2 or 3 suitcases unless you want to pay an extra luggage fee.
1 important thing to bring….Documents!
- Make copies of all your documents, including visa, health checks, vaccination certification, university admission letter…
- Keep multiple copies on your person and in a suitcase
Other things to pack and bring for quarantine in China…
✍️ 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.
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.
We have many exciting online courses available for students all around the world:
- 7 Apps to Learn Chinese for Free!
- Best online Chinese courses
- Best FREE Ways to Self-Study Chinese Online
- Free Online Classes: new opportunities every week!
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!
- TIEMBA Alumni Story: “Unprecedented Opportunities” - August 13, 2022
- When can international students go to China? (Updated) - August 9, 2022
- 6 MBBS Programs Still Open for 2022 Intake - August 3, 2022