Vaccinations and Immunizations for Visiting China

“What vaccinations, immunizations and physical examinations are required for visiting China?”

Unless you are staying in China for longer than a year on a work related or university study program, there are no specific immunizations or proof of health required when entering China. Persons known to have AIDS, syphilis, tuberculosis, leprosy, mental disorders or known contagious diseases may be barred from entering the country. The United States Center for Disease Control recommends several vaccinations for persons visiting China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia, but again, these are recommendations not requirements.

The CDC recommends the following vaccinations:

  • Covid-19
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Malaria
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever
  • Boosters for Tetanus-diphtheria and Measles as needed

Most of those recommendations are necessary for traveling in rural regions. For visiting major cities in China, like Beijing or Shanghai, the primary vaccinations to consider would be Covid-19, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B. While these are solid guidelines, be sure to discuss your specific medical needs with your physician.