China’s Hengdian World Studios has re-opened to film and TV productions as the Covid-19 outbreak eases in the country.
More than 100 crews have returned to the studios in East China’s Zhejiang Province, 48 of whom have started filming, with 63 in pre-production. This is triple the number that were there in March and a 16% increase compared to the same period last year.
Some actors from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, including Lawrence Ng and Ray Lui, have also flown to the film base, and after undergoing a 14-day quarantine, have begun filming again.
Ng posted a photo of himself online with the message: “The Chinese mainland has done a good job in fighting the epidemic, and the epidemic prevention measures are implemented well.”
Although filming locations in the country had begun to gradually open back in late March, crews were kept at a minimum and had to be quarantined for 14 days before shooting, and at most 50 people were allowed on set at any given time.
Despite filming resuming in China, entry to the country is still suspended for foreign nationals with visas issued before 27 March. However, you can apply for a new visa if you’re travelling to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities.
All overseas arrivals are subject to health checks, including during transit, followed by a centralised quarantine period of at least 14 days.