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Notice on Airline Boarding Requirements for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results
2020/10/30
 

In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:

I. Test Requirements

1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.

2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.

3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.

II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark

Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.

III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form

Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.

Where to submit (for foreign passengers):

Embassy in the United States: embchn@gmail.com

(temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston)

Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com

Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com

Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit onlineConsulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com

IV. Reminders

Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.

For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.

If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.

International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.

This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.

The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.

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