Notice on China-bound foreign passengers' application of health code (January 2022)
2022/01/05 18:43

1. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, starting from December 23, 2020, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and its vicinity of their direct flight to China. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and its vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers need to apply for health code from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General (based on consular jurisdiction), travel before it expires and be prepared for checking by the airlines before boarding.

2. In light of the latest developments concerning COVID-19, major changes have beenmade on the application procedures. Passengers who travel on and after January 13, 2022are kindly required to read and follow procedures below.

3. Foreign passengers can apply for health code at https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/ .

4. You can find out below the diplomatic mission responsible for issuing health codes and their corresponding direct flights between China and the U.S. (as of January 5).

(1) American Airlines:

   AA 127 (Dallas→Shanghai) - Chinese Embassy

(2) Delta Air Lines:

   DL 283 (Detroit→Shanghai) - Chinese Consulate General in Chicago

   DL 287 (Seattle→Shanghai) - Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco

(3) United Airlines:

   UA 857 (San Francisco→Shanghai) - Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco

(4) Air China:

   CA 988 (Los Angeles→Beijing/Tianjin) - Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles

   CA 770 (Los Angeles→Shenzhen) - Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles

(5) China Southern Airlines:

   CZ 328 (Los Angeles→Guangzhou) - Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles

(6) Xiamen Airlines:

   MF 830 (Los Angeles→Xiamen) - Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles.

(7) China Eastern Airlines:

   MU 588 (New York→Shanghai) - Chinese Consulate General in New York.

5. Samples must be collected and tested at a laboratory institution on the list provided by the Chinese Embassy or Consulates General. See below for the latest list of laboratories accepted by the Chinese Embassy (for the Dallas flight). Please give consent to the sampling agency and testing laboratory to announce the test results and other personal information to the Embassy. The Embassy will contact the issuing agency to verify the authenticity of all the submitted reports and certificates. If any of them cannot be verified, or contain false information, or are deemed altered or forged, the health code will not be issued.

(1) Ayass Bioscience

(2) Realtime Laboratories

6. Please take corresponding steps according to your vaccination status:

(1) For those who are fully vaccinated with inactivated vaccine:

   ① Take a nucleic acid rt-PCR test at the departure city(Dallas) of the flight 7 days before boarding (e.g. If the flight departs on January 10, the sampling time should beanytime on January 3)

   ② Starting from the first nucleic acid rt-PCR test day, monitor your health for 7 days at the departure city(Dallas), and fill in the "Personal Health Monitoring Form" (see attachment)

   ③ Within 48 hours before departure (e.g. If the flight departs on January 10, the sampling time can be any time on January 8, 9, or 10), take the second and third nucleic acid rt-PCR tests respectively at two testing agencies of the departure city(Dallas)

   ④ If an individual who has been fully vaccinated with inactivated vaccines gets inoculated with non-inactivated vaccines later, please follow the category of the fully vaccinated with inactivated vaccine.

(2) For those who are fully vaccinated with non-inactivated vaccines:

   ① Take a nucleic acid rt-PCR test at the departure city(Dallas) of the flight 7 days before boarding (e.g. If the flight departs on January 10, the sampling time should be anytime on January 3)

   ② Starting from the first nucleic acid rt-PCR test day, monitor your health for 7 days at the departure city(Dallas), and fill in the "Personal Health Monitoring Form" (see attachment)

   ③ Within 48 hours before departure (e.g. If the flight departs on January 10, sampling time can be any time on January 8, 9 and 10), complete the second nucleic acid rt-PCR,anS protein IgM antibody, and anN protein IgM antibodytests at the designated testing agency of thedeparture city(Dallas)

(3) For the unvaccinated and the partially vaccinated:

   ① Take a nucleic acid rt-PCR test at the departure city(Dallas) of the flight 7 days before boarding (e.g. If the flight departs on January 10, the sampling time should beanytime on January 3)

   ② Starting from the first nucleic acid rt-PCR test day, monitor your health for 7 days at the departure city(Dallas), and fill in the "Personal Health Monitoring Form" (see attachment)

   ③ Within 48 hours before departure (e.g. If the flight departs on January 10, sampling time can be any time on January 8, 9 and 10), complete the second nucleic acid rt-PCR,anS protein IgM antibody, and anN protein IgM antibodytests at the designated testing agency of thedeparture city(Dallas)

7. The documents should be uploaded for application:       

(1) Nucleic acid rt-PCR, S protein IgM antibody, or N protein IgM antibody tests results, Personal Health Monitoring Form (based on the requirements mentioned above);

(2) Flight itinerary;

(3) Passport, Chinese visa or resident permit.

(4) If you are vaccinated, please also upload the Letter of Commitment on COVID-19 Vaccination (see below) and vaccination certificate.

(5) If you have infection history / are a close contact / show suspected symptoms, please upload supplementary documents according to the requirements below.

8. If you are fully vaccinated, your application for health code should be 14 days after the last required shot. For example, if you take the last required shot on September 10, applications on or before September 24 will be declined.

9.Passengers with infection history:

(1) If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 or tested positive for nucleic acid rt-PCR or antibody (not due to vaccination), you are considered as having an infection history.

(2) You can apply for a health code if you meet the following requirements:

- Take two nucleic acid rt-PCR tests with a sampling interval of over 24 hours, and both tests return negative results.

- Take a lung CT or X-ray and have the imaging diagnosis report before the second nucleic acid rt-PCR test.

- Take a self-quarantine for at least 14 days and record your daily body temperature and health conditions after the second nucleic acid rt-PCR test. If you develop any symptoms such as fever, cough, diarrhea during the self-quarantine, take another nucleic acid rt-PCR test. If the result is negative, start a 14-day quarantine again. If the result is positive, you will need to wait until you recover and redo the whole process.

- After completing the above procedures, follow this notice to perform nucleic acid rt-PCR testing 7 days before boarding, monitor your health for 7 days, and perform corresponding tests within 48 hours before boarding. If the test result is still positive, you will need to complete the previous steps again until you meet all the requirements.

10. Close contacts/showing suspected symptoms

(1) Passengers who have had unprotected contact with confirmed, suspected or asymptomatic cases are considered as close contacts.

(2) Close contacts or passengers showing suspected symptoms are expected to self-quarantine for at least 14 days. Please monitor your health conditions and take nucleic acid rt-PCR tests on the 1st, 4th, and 7th day of self-quarantine. After completing the above procedures, follow this notice to perform nucleic acid rt-PCR testing 7 days before boarding, monitor your health for 7 days, and perform corresponding tests within 48 hours before boarding.

11. About transit

(1) The Embassy does not issue health code for passengers who fly from the U.S. to China by transiting in a third country.

(2) For passengers who transit in the U.S. and then and fly directly to China:

- No health code will be issued by the Embassy to passengers whose departure country has a direct flight to China.

- For those whose departure country has no direct flight to China, please follow the requirements of Chinese Embassy/Consulates of that country and apply for the health code before coming to the U.S. When transiting in the U.S., please follow the requirements of the Chinese Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S. and apply for the health code for the direct flight for China. Please follow this notice to perform nucleic acid rt-PCR testing 7 days before boarding, monitor your health for 7 days, and perform corresponding tests within 48 hours before boarding.

12. When should I be tested?

For example, if your flight date is January 10, the sampling time for the first nucleic acid rt-PCR testing is 7 days before boarding, which is any time on January 3; the 7-day self-health monitoring should be from January 3 to January 9; the sampling date for RT-PCR and IgM antibody tests should be any time on January 8, 9, or 10.

Please fill in the "test sampling date" when uploading the HC applications with the test results within 48 hours before boarding (please do not fill in the date of the first nucleic acid rt-PCR test)

13. Do babies and toddlers need to be tested?

Babies and toddlers under the age of 3 do not need to be tested or apply for a health code.

14. Am I sure to get the health code if I apply as required?

Not necessarily. To ensure the health and safety of international travel and reduce the risk of cross-border transmission of COVID-19, the Embassy/Consulates General will decide based on a comprehensive review. Please plan your trip accordingly.

15. This notice will be implemented starting from January 13, 2022. In the event of any inconsistency between the previously released information and this notice, this notice shall prevail.

Download the Letter of Commitment on COVID-19 and Personal Health Monitoring Form here.


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