The Olympic and Paralympic Games 2022

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing welcomes and supports U.S. athletes and team officials, broadcasters, journalists, International Sports Federations, marketing partners, Olympic and Paralympic families, and U.S. citizens in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) attending the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

While everyone is eager for detailed information on how the Games will proceed, how to arrange travel, and how to participate as a spectator, much of that information is still forthcoming from the Beijing Organizing Committee Olympic Games (BOCOG). This site will be updated regularly as more information becomes available or as conditions change.  Please bookmark this site and check regularly for updates.  At the bottom of this page are links to helpful resources. The most current information is below:

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Before You Go

Print our Traveler’s Checklist card and be sure to:

  • GET INFORMATION:  Visit the State Department’s country information page  for the PRC.  It provides up-to-date information about safety and security, and other issues related to traveling in the PRC. 

Read the Travel Advisory for the PRC as well as the Country Information. Keep in mind that if you are inside the Olympic closed loop management system conditions may vary from what is described for the rest of the country.

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Safety and Security

Major events are a prime opportunity for crime.  It is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times to avoid becoming a victim.

You can reach the police throughout China by dialing 110.  Note that English-speaking dispatchers may not be available.  Once you have contacted the police, contact the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.  You can contact call the Embassy 24 hours a day at +86 10 85314000.

For more information about Safety & Security, visit the State Department’s country information page for China.  Victims of crime should immediately report crimes to the local police and contact the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate.  Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

Remember: You are subject to Chinese law, which may differ from that in the United States.  If you violate a law, even unknowingly, you may be arrested, fined, expelled, and/or banned from re-entering China.  Expect increased police presence and enhanced security measures in and around sports venues. 

Drug and Alcohol Enforcement:  PRC law enforcement authorities have little tolerance for illegal drugs, including marijuana.  Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking illegal drugs in the PRC are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences, heavy fines, or the death penalty.  Police regularly conduct unannounced drug tests on people suspected of drug use and have been known to enter a bar or nightclub and subject all patrons to immediate drug testing.  Police may force you to provide a urine, blood, or hair follicle sample on short notice.  A positive finding, even if the drug was legal elsewhere or consumed prior to arriving in PRC, can lead to immediate detention, fines, deportation, and/or a ban from re-entering the PRC.

The PRC government has published a special notice about drugs and medicine being brought into the PRC for use during the Olympics that is available here.

 

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Access to the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held at various locations across Beijing and the surrounding areas.  Tickets will not be sold to the general public, but certain spectators may be invited to watch the games. For more information, please check here.

For additional information about the Olympic Games, please see here.

For additional information about the Paralympic Games, please see here.   

U.S. athletes and team officials can refer to the BOCOG Playbook.

U.S. broadcasters, international federations, marketing partners, Olympic and Paralympic Families, and press can refer to the BOCOG Playbook.

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Stay Informed

U.S. Embassy Beijing Website

Information about U.S. citizen services, security andfraud warnings, and other topics.

No. 55 An Jia Lou Rd.
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600 China
Telephone: +86-10 8531-3000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +86-10 8531-4000
Email: BeijingACS@state.gov

American Citizens Services

The American Citizens Services (ACS) unit at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing will provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens in need throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

Latest Travel Advisory, international travel tips, information regarding the STEP enrollment process, etc.

Twitter Accounts:  Follow @TravelGov  for up-to-date safety and security information about the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQs

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What are the entry and exit procedures for China?

The entry and exit of Olympic participants are regulated according to the Beijing 2022 Playbook. Currently, entry into the PRC is tightly controlled.  Please contact the nearest PRC Embassy or Consulate for further information on PRC entry regulations.

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Will people inside the closed loop management system be able to meet with people outside the closed loop management system?

No. The closed loop management system is designed so there is no interaction between people inside and outside.

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If I am inside the closed loop management system, will I have a chance to visit tourist sites like the Great Wall of China or the Forbidden City?

No. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games has stated that the closed loop management system only includes sites directly related to Olympic activities, including hotels, training facilities, competition venues, and the airport.

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What should I do if I am detained by the police or told that I am breaking the laws of the PRC?

If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or the nearest consulate immediately. See our webpage for further information.  You can contact call the Embassy 24 hours a day at +86 10 85314000.  If you need advice about PRC laws, the Embassy maintains a list of lawyers who have indicated they can assist U.S. citizens.   U.S. embassies and consulates are unable to represent you in a legal matter.

Last Updated: January 19, 2022