Relaxed Measures for Travelers Entering China – Latest Updates

FFollowing recent developments in the global covid-19 pandemic situation and based on the specific characteristics of the omicron variant, Chinese embassies and consulates have adjusted the requirements for pre-travel testing and reporting code applications. health.

The measures, which took effect at the end of May, significantly relax requirements and procedures for HDC code requests from travelers entering China, although the specific changes and their effective date vary slightly by country and location. regions. The measures unify testing requirements for travelers from the same place of departure, regardless of their vaccination status, i.e. whether the person is vaccinated, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, and regardless of the type of vaccine. Here are the basic test requirements for HDC-Code applications and major changes from previous measurements.

NEW TESTING REQUIREMENTS

  • First nucleic acid test within 48 hours before boarding
  • Second nucleic acid test within 24 hours of boarding
  • Antigen test within 12 hours before boarding (only applicable in certain locations)

MAIN CHANGES

  • The requirement for a nucleic acid test seven days before boarding is waived
  • The requirement for an IgM antibody test for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals is waived
  • Mandatory self-health monitoring requirements are either waived or the duration of the monitoring period is shortened (depending on location)
  • Diagnosis by chest CT or X-ray imaging is no longer required for those with a history of infection (applicable only in certain locations).

Compared to the policies of the past two years, the latest changes could facilitate inbound travel to mainland China. However, travelers who have a history of infection, are in close contact with someone with covid-19, or show symptoms of covid-19 will need to navigate additional hurdles.

Unnecessary cross-border travel is always discouraged. To effectively manage the risk of covid-19 infection upon exit and entry, visa applications for incoming foreigners and passport issuance and approval for outgoing PRC nationals are still restricted. Quarantine measures after arrival are still strictly enforced without waivers.


Business Law Digest is compiled with assistance from Baker McKenzie. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional legal advice. You can contact Baker McKenzie by emailing Howard Wu (Shanghai) at [email protected]

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