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Travelling to China from the UK? 

ExpressTest is a UK certified provider for COVID travel testing and is listed on the Chinese embassy’s website as an approved testing provider. We’re proud to be authorised for travel to China. 

Entry to China currently requires pre-departure and arrivals tests. You can use our tool below to check the exact requirements for your destination. 

You’ll find our testing locations at Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh airports, as well as other major locations across the country, allowing you to test with ease before your flight. 

Please note our booking flow is currently only in the English language.

When most of us think of China, we probably think of The Great Wall and the hustle and bustle of amazing cities. Of course, travel is a little more complicated than it used to be, and at ExpressTest, we want to make sure that you have your COVID-19 test for travel and other requirements in place before you go. 

Read on to find out everything you need to know about some of this magical country’s top destinations, as well as whether you need a lateral flow test or a PCR COVID-19 test for your Fit to Fly certificate to enter China. 

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Shanghai grew from a tiny 11th-century fishing village into what it is today: China's largest city, known for its iconic skyline, bustling streets, museums and sweet cuisine. It is now home to important educational institutions such as Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, East China University of Science and Technology, and more. 

Here, you can visit Michelin-starred restaurants, luxurious hotels and stunning Ming Dynasty gardens (Yuyuan Garden). Don't forget to visit the Bund riverside district to get lost in the magic of old Shanghai, with its historical architecture and street stalls. 


Guangzhou is the capital of the Guangdong province in southern China. Founded over 2,200 years ago, the city operates as a major port and has a fascinating history, having been captured by the British during the First Opium War. 

Take a night cruise on the Pearl River for a unique perspective on the city's neon lights. Daredevils can climb the 600-metre tall Canton Tower and take the Sky Drop (a 30-metre free fall) – or if you're looking for a more peaceful experience, take in the varied architecture of Shamian Island, wander around Yuexiu Park or hike the White Cloud Mountain. 


Beijing was founded 3000 years ago, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Now, it's China's capital and one of the world's leaders in multiple disciplines, including culture, finance, politics and media. 

When in Beijing, one must-see is the Great Wall. Explore by cable car, hiking, and even marathon running. Visit the Beijing Hutongs for a glimpse into traditional Beijing, indulge in Peking Duck, and discover the Forbidden City, the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. 

COVID-19 requirements for entry

The nature of COVID-19 is unpredictable and each country has its own entry rules and regulations that are subject to change at a moment's notice. Travellers should always check the COVID-19 entry requirements of their destination before departure. 

Travellers can get the latest information on the Embassy of the People's Republic of China website to find out what they are required to do to enter the country.

Book a COVID-19 test with ExpressTest

At ExpressTest, we want to make your journey to China as smooth as possible and that’s why we have COVID-19 test Fit to Fly facilities all over the country. Get a COVID-19 test with ExpressTest from one of our many walk-in and drive through centres in the UK today.