China

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

COVID-19

Travelling to red countries outside the EU or Schengen area is not recommended.

Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.

Check the current security situation on the federal government website and register your itinerary on Travellers Online.

The information on Wanda is updated daily, but not over the weekend.

This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

Important health risks

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue and chikungunya in the south of the country and leishmaniasis.

Japanese encephalitis occurs in all provinces including Tibet, with the exception of Xizang (Tibet), Xinjiang and Qinghai, especially from June to October.

Protect yourself against insects.

Tick-borne encephalitis

Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease.

Tick-borne encephalitis is present in the north (see the tick-borne encephalitis map of China).

Rabies

Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Schistosomiase

There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Other possible infections

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A

Recommended

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations

Recommended

Polio

Recommended

A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

Yellow fever

Mandatory for some travelers

Yellow fever does not occur here. Vaccination is not necessary if you are travelling from Belgium.   

Vaccination is obligatory from the age of nine months/ one year:

  • If you are departing from another country where yellow fever can occur. 
  • If you have spent more than twelve hours in transit in an airport in a country where yellow fever occurs.

This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

The vaccination is not compulsory if you only travel to Honkong or Macau.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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