When can international students go to China? (Updated)

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Disclaimer: this article is for general information only, we do our best to keep it updated, but please check the most recent update with the embassy and your university.

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Can students enter China? Currently, we categorize the Chinese border as partially open. X1 visa applications are open for international students to apply to Chinese student visas. However, not every student has been contacted yet. Even though visa applications are open, universities will only permit students to return in small groups or batches. Therefore, some students have not been given permission to return as the universities pursue a gradual opening plan. You will be contacted eventually, but please maintain patience as the border opening is gradual.

However, the process will not be immediate. In some cases, senior students are being called back first and first year/part-time students will be the last. Flights back to China remain limited, and the high prices of flights and quarantine could still be a barrier to some students.

Students will need to closely follow China’s epidemic procedures to return to China. More information here.

Here are the countries that have already sent students back to China or have posted visa notices on their embassy website: United Kingdom, Ireland, Rwanda, Singapore, Nepal, Myanmar, Liberia, Canada, Thailand, Russia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Nicaragua, Malaysia, Mexico, Indonesia, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania, Morocco, India, USA, Lebanon, Ghana, Hungary, France, Peru, Panama, Tajikistan, Qatar, Bahrain, Montenegro, Malta, Palestine, Algeria, Sweden, Turkey, Latvia, Estonia, Greece, North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Oman.

(Last updated November 2022). 

How can students go to China now? Please click here for the steps and process.

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.

Thank you to all the students who have shared, commented, and sent us information about their status. It takes a lot of time to find the accurate updates to share which we update daily, if you appreciate this please help us out by sharing this to your friends on social media or leaving a comment below, thanks for your support!

Is China’s Border Open in 2022?

Yes, the Chinese border is opening to students from various countries and universities as the fall semester starts in September. There are some students who have received notice to enter China already for Fall 2022 semester, but other students who have not received notice or visas yet will not be able to enter China in time to start school in September. China is slowly and gradually opening up student visas to new groups of students. We expect that throughout the Fall 2022 semester, more small groups of students will be returning. We do not know which groups of students are next in line to return.

Will the Chinese border open fully in 2023? As of now, we do not expect the Chinese border to suddenly open to pre-pandemic levels. All indicators from academic and government sources show that the border’s opening is going to continue to be gradual. China is expected to continue the Zero-Covid policy, but some changes have already been made such as shorter required quarantine time. Since the final decisions are made by the Chinese government, we cannot give exact dates.

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?

  1. Students who are located outside of China are taking classes online.
  2. Many students located in China are taking daily/weekly Covid tests. Lockdowns may still occur in areas with Covid in China.
  3. Students need to bear all the costs of returning to China.
  4. Students are still able to apply to Chinese universities even if they are outside of 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 — We update daily.
  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.
  7. If you are given notice to return to China, you can privately contact me savannah@china-admissions.com

📰 News Updates on Students’ Return to China

  • On Nov 18, 2022, Shenzhen University confirmed with China Admissions that they will be issuing JW202s (an essential form to apply for a Chinese visa) to Chinese language students in their semester programs from Spring 2023.
    • SZU reminds students that they cannot guarantee the visa application will be successful because of the restrictions, but Chinese language students will be able to apply with the JW202.
    • Current SZU Chinese language students can contact the university for more information. If you want to apply to the SZU Chinese program, click here.
  • On Nov 15, 2022, A number of Chinese cities have suspended mass PCR testing (including Shanghai, Sanya, Dalian, Fuzhou, Shijiazhuang, and Hefei) (source, source, Chinese)
    • However, routine PCR testing and general screening will continue.
  • On Nov 11, 2022, China released new Covid guidelines (Chinese, English summary). Here are the most relevant points:
    • Quarantine time for people entering China has reduced to 5+3 (click here for an explanation of that)
    • “Circuit Breaker policy” canceled–flights with more than 4% of positive cases will not be canceled for a cool off period anymore
    • Close contacts of positive cases in China will also only complete 5+3 quarantine instead of 7+3
    • Arbitrary lockdown and closure of schools is banned.
    • Only 1 negative PRC test within 48 hours before boarding.
    • However, the Zero-Covid Policy is overall still in effect. Cities with outbreaks are still entering serious lockdowns.
  • On Oct 30, we joined an online webinar to talk about how students can return to China, discuss the pros and cons of studying in China today, and the career market for international students.

See More News for all Countries and Full Timeline Information ▶️▶️

Check the status of different countries around the world here. 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.

🌐 Global Admissions + Transfer Options

If you are looking for options to study outside of China, or want to transfer out of China, we have launched 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
  4. Transfer to another university anywhere in the world

To help students, right now we are offering a free application service.

💉 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

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 8 total days of quarantine: 5 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.

*Note: Hong Kong recently announced it will implement a “0+3” policy instead of the 5+3 policy. This is only for travelers flying into Hong Kong.

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)

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 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!

  1. Make copies of all your documents, including visa, health checks, vaccination certification, university admission letter…
  2. Keep multiple copies on your person and in a suitcase

Other things to pack and bring for quarantine in China…

when can students go to China

✍️ Applying for Intake 2023

Chinese universities are open to applicants from international students this application season. Learn more about applying to the 202 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. 

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. 

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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
1 year ago

Thank you for the information

Nega Tmene
Nega Tmene
1 year ago

i need study my PhD IN YOUR UNIVERSITY

Thomas koshy
Thomas koshy
1 year ago

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

Fawad
Fawad
1 year 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
6 months ago

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

Yaroslav
Yaroslav
11 months ago

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

Lauryn Alfred
Lauryn Alfred
10 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
9 months ago

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

Shamsur Rahman
Shamsur Rahman
9 months ago

Thank you for all information.

Octave
Octave
9 months ago

I’m waiting for announcement of china government

Usama Ubaid
Usama Ubaid
9 months ago

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

Sundeed Shan
Sundeed Shan
9 months ago

Kindly update about Yunnan forestry and technological collage in kunming city

kamlesh yadav
kamlesh yadav
8 months ago

When will the University of China open?

kamlesh yadav
kamlesh yadav
8 months ago

I can start internship in June?

EPHRAIM Eliab
EPHRAIM Eliab
8 months ago

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

EPHRAIM Eliab
EPHRAIM Eliab
8 months ago

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

EPHRAIM Eliab
EPHRAIM Eliab
8 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
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

Mia
Mia
7 months ago

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

Saba
Saba
7 months ago

Does the students are allowed to enter in china

Roy Towner
Roy Towner
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago

How about international students in September

Ruchira Mitra
Ruchira Mitra
6 months 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
6 months ago

How about Bangladeshi students???

LUKE KAKPA PESSIMA
LUKE KAKPA PESSIMA
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago

Will admissions for mbbs will open in 2022 for Pakistani students

DERESE BELIHU
DERESE BELIHU
6 months ago

2022 new students how to enter china university?

Studyboy123
Studyboy123
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago

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

Rumi
Rumi
6 months 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
6 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months ago

Thank you very much for your valuable information

Islam
Islam
5 months ago

Is there any update for Iraqi students returning back?

Shreya
Shreya
5 months ago

Is there any update regarding Indian students?

Marackar Karuvally Abdul Jaleel
Marackar Karuvally Abdul Jaleel
5 months ago

when MBBS students can go back to china, any news

Wubetu Anley Belay
Wubetu Anley Belay
5 months ago

In Ethiopia, the Chinese Embassy offers student visas,

Wubetu Belay
Wubetu Belay
5 months ago

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

Alltruth
Alltruth
5 months 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
5 months 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 5 months ago by Elie Serge
Andy
Andy
5 months 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 5 months ago by Andy
Luke Kakpa Pessima
Luke Kakpa Pessima
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

I want to do mbbs from china

Luke Kakpa Pessima
Luke Kakpa Pessima
4 months ago

Is any update on the border open?

AHMAD MURAD
AHMAD MURAD
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

ABDUR RAFIQ
ABDUR RAFIQ
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

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