The prerequisites for pre-travel testing and Health Declaration Code applications have been modified by Chinese embassies and consulates in light of recent developments in the worldwide scenario regarding the covid-19 pandemic and in accordance with the unique traits of the omicron version.
Although the particular adjustments and their effective dates vary significantly by country and region, the reforms, which went into effect in late May, greatly ease the requirements and procedures for HDC-Code applications of inbound China travellers.
Regardless of a person’s vaccination status, such as whether they are fully vaccinated or only partially vaccinated, or regardless of the type of vaccine, the measures standardise testing procedures for travellers departing from the same departure site. Here are the fundamental testing specifications for HDC-Code applications and the key deviations from earlier regulations.
NEW TESTING REQUIREMENTS
48 hours before boarding, the initial nucleic acid test
One more nucleic acid test must be done within 24 hours of boarding.
12 hours before boarding, an antibody test (applicable only in some locations)
It is no longer necessary to get a nucleic acid test seven days prior to boarding.
People who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated are exempt from having to take an IgM antibody test.
Requirements for mandatory self-health monitoring are either removed or the duration of the monitoring period is shortened (depending on location)
For patients who have a history of infection, a lung CT or X-ray is no longer necessary for imaging diagnosis (applicable only in some locations).
The most recent modifications could make it easier for people to travel to mainland of China than under the previous two years’ policies. Travelers who have a history of infection, or close contacts of someone who has covid-19, or exhibit covid-19 symptoms, however, will face additional challenges.
Cross-border travel that is unnecessary is still discouraged. The issuance of passports and endorsement for departing PRC nationals remain restricted in order to appropriately manage the risk of covid-19 infection during exit and arrival. Post-arrival quarantine regulations continue to be rigidly enforced without exceptions.
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