Flights to China: direct flights and stopovers open new doors to China

what are the current restrictions in china and how to enter the country
Find out more about the current regulations for restrictions in China and learn how you can safely enter the country.

Despite sticking to the well known “zero Covid” policy, the People’s Republic of China (PRC from here on) is gradually easing travel restrictions to have strategic sectors’  foreign workers entering China.

At the same time, the airline companies are also concluding agreements to increase the number of available direct fligths from Italy to China, which in conjunction with the option of stopovers in a third Country gives more option to those who are planning to enter the PCR in the nearest future.

Table of Contents

  1. More direct flights available to depart from Italy
  2. Less Covid-19 requirements on departure
  3. China’s Internal Mobility
  4. Regulatory framework
  5. How we can support you
  6. Book a call
  7. Request a quotation


1. More direct flights available to depart from Italy to China

Thanks to a great effort of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in China, the Italian diplomatic staff in China and the airlines, travellers have now more options than they ever had in the past 2 years to reach China with a direct flight.

After our last update on flights to China, the available options are now:

  1. Flight HU7992 Rome – Chongqing.
  2. Flight CA950 Milano – Hohhot.
  3. Flight NO976 Milan – Nanking.
  4. Flight NO946 Milan – Tianjin.


As of today, all the above-mentioned flights are operating as scheduled.

1.1 Civil Aviation Administration of China reduces the blocking times

In addition to a wider range of options, the CAAC recently published a noticed that reduces how long the flights will be on hold due to high number of positive cases.

Prior to the notice, flights might have been forced to stop operating for up to 8 weeks consecutevily, whereas now:

  • Direct flights with 4% postivive passengers or above on arrivals will stop operating for 1 week.
  • Direct flights that have an 8% or above positives’ quota will be forced to stop for 2 weeks.


2. Less Covid-19 requirements on departure

With a recent notice, the Chinese Embassy in Italy reported major changes in the pre-departure procedure, amongst which the most important are:

  • Less testing on the departure Country.
  • 2 additional PCR tests for travellers who previously tested positive.
  • No restrictions on stopovers.


Moreover, the Embassy published a new update on the issuing of China Visa, which is now open to new categories, such as students.

2.1 Less testing on departure to China

The Chinese Embassy in Italy greatly reduced the number of tests that passenger will have to undertake before their departure. Specifically, the procedure consists of the “double PCR”. which has the following characteristics:

  • 2 PCR tests 48 hours before departure.
  • the 2 tests must be taken at least 24 hours apart.
  • the testings must be done in 2 different institutions.
  • Test results must contain information on:
    • Testing institutions’ name, address and contact information.
    • Date and hour of the testing and type of test.
    • Passenger’s name, birth date and ID number.


Moreover, for passengers previously positive to Covid-19, the following requirements need to be fullfilled:

  • Take 2 additional PCR tests in qualified structure/s;
  • The 2 tests must be taken at least 24 hours apart;
  • After receiving the results, passengers must monitor the physical health for 14 days.


2.2 Stopovers, a new way to overcome unexpected blocks in China

As per latest notice of the Chinese embassy, passengers may now transit in third Countries without a fixed number of stopovers. It is indeed a good news for all the firms who have been planning secondements or business trips to the PRC.

On the other hand, a stopover in a third Country mandates to take the same tests and go through the HDC Green Code request yet again.

Timings for the testings might vary in Third Countries, therefore Chinese authorities advice careful planning before booking the flight/s to China.

3. China’s Internal Mobility Conditions

Whilst China is trying to alleviate requirements for the entry into the Country, the internal mobility is stil under a strict regulation. As a matter of fact, local authorities have structured China’s epidemic areas as follow:

  • High epidemic risk area.
  • Medium epidemic risk area.
  • Low epidemic risk area.
  • No restrictions area.


Travelling from higher epidemic area to lowers’, when and if allowed, results in:

  • Additional testing on arrival;
  • Additional quarantine requirements.

For the other way around, citizens will not be allowed to move from their district of residence or even their home instead.

To plan every step of your journey ahead, contact us to have every China related service provided by our experts.

4. Regulatory Framework

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Italy:

Civil Aviation Administration of China:


5. How we can support you

Studio A&P is a law firm specialised in international mobility. We focus on the monitoring of local, national and international regulations to ensure employees and firms to have the smoothest possible trips. In particular, for firm planning to second employees or upper figures to China we can:

  • Support the firms with the planning of the flights to China;
  • Book all the mandatory test in Italy and abroad;
  • Support the travellers in the Green HDC Code application;
  • Constantly monitor Civil Aviation Administration of China’s flights blocking;
  • Constatly update firms on international and China’s internal mobility;


We also have a dedicated team that will help in the China Visa application.

Contact us by directly booking a call with our Experts to learn about mobility to China or by filling out the form below to receive a quotation based on your specific case.



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