Visa and Travel Guide

China's COVID-19 epidemic prevention policy

Starting from January 8, 2023, individuals entering China no longer need to apply for a health code and undergo centralized quarantine. As of March 15, 2023, the local Chinese embassy of these countries has announced that individuals flying directly to China no longer require nucleic acid testing: Russia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore, UAE, Hungary, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, Kenya, France, Italy, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Georgia, Tanzania, Nepal, Mongolia, Vietnam, Iran, and Brunei.

The passengers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, South Korea, Japan and other countries still need present a negative nucleic acid test result within 48 hours prior to boarding.

Since China has slightly different entry requirements for passengers from different countries, the policy will continue to be relaxed, please refer to the announcement of the local Chinese embassy and the passenger notices of airlines for the most up-to-date information.

If you need an invitation letter from the hosting organization to apply for a Chinese visa, please contact Dr. JIANG Lei to obtain it.

Route from the airport to Ningbo

1. Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB)

After arriving at Ningbo airport, follow the airport signs to the taxi stand and take a taxi to the hotel.

2. Hangzhou International Airport (HGH)

Follow the airport signs to the subway station and take Line 19 (about 30 minutes) to Hangzhou East Railway Station.

Take the high-speed train to Ningbo Station (about 60 minutes, 9 USD) , then take a taxi to the hotel.

3. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

Follow the airport signs to the subway station and take Line 2 (about 90 minutes, or take airport Line1 bus (about 70 minutes, 4.5 USD, to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. Then take the high-speed train to Ningbo Station (about 2 hours, 21 USD) and take a taxi to the hotel.

4. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA)

Take the elevator to the third floor and follow the signs with blue high-speed train icons for about 15-20 minutes (approximately 900 meters) to Hongqiao Railway Station. Then take the high-speed train to Ningbo Station (about 2 hours, 21 USD) and take a taxi to the hotel.


  1. The above routes are for reference, other details will require further confirmation based on your situation.
  2. About renting a car: China has not yet supported the use of foreign or international driver's licenses.
  3. To purchase the high-speed train ticket, there three methods.
    • Way two: 12306 mobile app, you could register with the passport and buy it. [First search for 12306 in the app store, then go to My->Settings->Language Settings->English] Please see the following pictures.
    • Way three: purchase at the counter with your passport when you arrive at the high-speed rail station. Allow at least 30 minutes before the departure of the high-speed train for security checks and entry into the station.
  4. You could change your ticket on the 12306 webpage or app or at counter if you do not catch the train.
  5. For any questions about ticketing, please contact: +86 21 12306 (English phone customer service).
  6. Later we may statistic the registered participants and arrange some staff to assist you to reach the hotel at Ningbo Lishe International Airport or Ningbo Station.
  7. The subway, bus, taxi and some stores do not accept credit or bank cards. It is recommended to exchange some RMB in advance at the airport or home country.
  8. The conference venue is still being confirmed. It is recommended that booking the hotel after the conference venue is announced. The current recommended hotel is Ningbo Golden Port (Jinggang) Hotel with a price of approximately $40~$45 USD per day. Other hotel options will be posted later.
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Other Local Details: Electric Power

For China there are three associated plug types, types A, C and I. Plug type A (American) is the plug which has two flat parallel pins, plug type C (European) is the plug which has two round pins and plug type I (Australian) is the plug which has three flat pins in a triangular pattern. China operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.

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Most common electric power sockets in China are type I (with 3 flat pins).