Chinese New Year

Level 2 - Practise enhanced health precautions (more details)

Original publication date: December 23, 2022

Updated: January 6, 2023

Current Situation

Chinese New Year officially begins on January 22nd, 2023. It is expected that the festival will draw large crowds, and population movements within the country are expected to increase. Large crowds in small areas can increase your risk of accidental injury and the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, colds, and influenza (the flu). 

China has recently lifted many of its COVID-19 restrictions and is currently experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 activity. There is an increased risk of becoming exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 and there may be limited health care availability should you become sick while travelling. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that you consider those risks, and if you are at higher risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19, reconsider the timing of your travel.

Anyone who has not completed a COVID-19 vaccine series should continue to avoid non-essential travel. During your travel, China may enforce strict lockdowns and/or limits on travel. You may also be subject to infection-management procedures, such as isolation, should you get COVID-19 while abroad.

Effective January 5, 2023, the Government of Canada has put in place certain temporary COVID-19 health measures for air travellers entering Canada from China, Hong Kong and Macao.

Monitor and review Canada's travel requirements before and during your travel as they may change, with implications for your re-entry into Canada. 

For more information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 while travelling, please see the COVID-19 travel health notice.

Travel Health Notice: COVID-19 and International Travel

Some COVID-19 travel restrictions for foreign nationals remain in effect in China. Before travelling, check to see if there are any specific restrictions or requirements that apply to you. 

Foreign Representatives in Canada

Sporadic human cases of avian influenza have also been reported in China. Avian influenza cases generally follow a seasonal pattern. Most cases are reported in the colder months (between October and May), with numbers peaking between December and early January. For more information, please see the avian influenza travel health notice.

Travel Health Notice: Avian Influenza


Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel. 

  • Make sure your routine vaccinations and adult boosters are up-to-date.
  • Discuss travel-related vaccinations and medications you may want to consider based on your destination and planned activities.

Pack a travel health kit and consider purchasing travel health insurance

Visit the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories page for the most up-to-date travel advice for China.

While in China:

Be aware of your surroundings.

  • The risk of accidental injury increases in large crowds.
  • Avoid densely congested areas with limited emergency exits.
  • Avoid high-risk areas such as farms, live animal markets, and areas where animals may be slaughtered.
  • Avoid contact with animals (alive or dead), including pigs, chickens, ducks and wild birds.
  • Avoid surfaces with animal droppings or secretions on them.

Reduce your risk of becoming ill or spreading illness while travelling
• Consistently follow individual public health measures.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. It’s a good idea to always keep some with you when you travel.

• When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.

  •  If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.

Monitor your health

If you become ill when you are travelling or after you return, avoid contact with others except to see a health care professional. Tell them:

  •  your symptoms;
  •  where you have been travelling or living; and
  •  if you have had direct contact with animals (for example: visited a live animal market) or close contact with a sick person.

Registration of Canadians Abroad

Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home.

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