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2024 China Safety Tips: Is It Safe to Travel in China? updated on June 6, 2024

Is it safe to travel in China? Certainly. Speaking of safety, China is one of the safest countries for traveling in the world. When the WHO declares that the COVID-19 pandemic no longer constitutes a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern,’ China also lifted all related travel restrictions, reopening its doors to international tourists. You can visit China more easily without facing the strict measures that were previously imposed. Let's keep reading to know some 2024 China safety tips.

No Need COVID-19 Test and Quarantine Restrictions

There is no longer a requirement of quarantine for international arrivals entering China as of January 8, 2023. This means you do not need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before you enter China. Additionally, you are not required to declare the COVID-19 test status on the health declaration form that is typically filled out upon entry or exit.

Entry and Exit Requirements

After China reopens its borders in 2023, to enter, foreign travelers just need a valid passport and, if required, a visa obtained through the newly streamlined application process. In a move to encourage tourism and business, China has extended its 15-day visa-free policy to include more countries, allowing visitors from 11 European countries and Malaysia to explore China without a visa. Moreover, the introduction of the 144-hour transit visa exemption has opened new avenues for short-term visitors, providing them with a glimpse of China’s wonders without the need for a traditional visa.

Is It Safe to Travel in China?

Is it safe to travel in China now? Yes, it's safe. It's quite normal that you may have some other concerns when planning your trip, such as natural disasters, road safety, thievery, travel scams, etc. In general, China is really safe for traveling, no matter for solo travelers, female travelers, or families. In China, you can feel safe when walking, eating, or shopping along the streets, even at midnight. However, you should always keep safety the first place in your mind.

The Bund Shanghai
The Bund Shanghai

Before booking your hotel, you'd better check if the hotel can accept foreigners. Or you can check with us; Top China Travel knows better which hotel to choose. You need to show your Health Code when you arrive at the hotel.

At present, many scenic spots, travel agencies, and hotels in China have launched promotional discount activities to help the tourism market recover. Don't worry about your budget.

Road Safety

Road safety must be one of the biggest concerns during your trip. Compared to some other countries, China has a lower road death rate. In recent years, the government has much stricter traffic rules, so that it won't be a high risk when crossing the street. However, you still have to be careful when you cross the road, and make sure you look both ways, no matter you're in your country or China. In some small cities, it might not be as strict as big cities, so that you should watch out even though you see the green lights.

When you take taxis, you should choose licensed taxis, and ensure the meter is on. For your safety, don't take unlicensed taxis. And you'd better check the route on the map so that you know if the driver takes detours on purpose. What's more, take all the belongings when getting off.

High-speed Train

High-speed Train


Foreign travelers are easily tempted as targets for thieves. You'd better not carry too much cash with you. In China, most people use mobile payment. You can still use cash, or you can also try mobile payment. Just remember to keep your wallet well, and be careful when you're in crowds, and some other places like restaurants and stations.

Train stations and metro stations are always flooded with people, and you should keep an eye on your belongings all the time, and make sure your bag is zipped. If you often feel drowsy on the train or metro, it will be a high risk. You should always keep your things close to people who are traveling with you. For those who travel alone, you'd better stay awake so that your valuables won't be stolen.

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

Travel Safety

No matter which country you travel to, there will be risks and dangers during the trip. As a result, you should always put safety first, especially when you take part in some outdoor activities like mountaineering and white-water rafting. When entering attractions or taking a cruise, it's important to follow the directions from the guide and take care of yourself all the time. Meanwhile, you should watch out for the travel scams. "Tea ceremony scam" must be the most common scam for foreign tourists.

For elders, it's better to have a body check before traveling and listen to your doctor's advice. It's recommended to let your guide know your body conditions, so that you won't get hurt easily during the trip. Don't forget to take some medicines you might need for emergency use. Besides, travel insurance is essential as well. And you should be careful when choosing travel insurance companies.

Mount Huashan

Food Safety

Eating is really an important thing when traveling in China. There are all varieties of delicious food in China, but you may concern about the food safety, as you might have heard some news. Actually, you don't have to worry too much about food in China. It's safe for you to eat in the restaurants, and it's fine to try snacks from the street vendors, just to be sure that the food you order is fresh and well-cooked. When you go around some food streets, don't eat too many oily foods so that your tummy won't get sick. Please feel free to ask us for help if you don't know what to eat in each place, our experienced travel advisors know it better. Or you can have a customized tour with TCT, and our guide will help you with all the arrangements.

Chengdu Hotpot

Chengdu Hotpot

Local Laws

You should always use your common sense. Be aware that some things you do legally in your country might be illegal in China. China has harsh penalties for those who possess or sell illegal drugs, and the laws can apply to foreigners. China is safe for traveling, and you don't have to worry about any gun problems, or violent crimes. In a word, you should obey the laws in China, no matter you are visiting big or small cities.

Top China Travel Cares about Your Safety

Top China Travel is an experienced travel agency in China, with professional travel advisors, local guides and drivers. Don't worry about the planning, we can help you with all the arrangements. Most importantly, we care about your safety, and we will try our best to help you enjoy a hassle-free trip in China. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and we'd love to help you out.