China is tightening coronavirus testing requirements for all passengers flying from the United States to China.
From September 15, all passengers will have to provide negative coronavirus test results within three days –rather than the previous two weeks – of the flight to be allowed to board, according to the Chinese embassy in Washington.
The embassy said the action was “to ensure the health and safety of international travellers and to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission between countries”.
Foreigners will also have to send the results of the nucleic acid test, a health declaration and copies of their passport to the embassy or a consulate for review, a process that should take one working day, the embassy said on Friday.
Antibody or blood serum test results will not be accepted but the nucleic acid test can be performed by any legal medical or testing body.
Foreigners must present the health declaration as they board while Chinese citizens must show a green health code on the WeChat app.
Similar conditions apply to passengers coming from the US and arriving in China via a third country.
Travellers starting their trip in a third country and arriving in China via the US must present the green health code or health declaration reviewed by the Chinese embassy or consulates in the third country.
“If passengers transfer in the US but are not in line with the plane boarding requirements, they face a high risk of being stranded in the US or even repatriated to where they come from,” the embassy said.
To obtain the green health code, Chinese nationals must apply via the WeChat app within 12 hours of a negative nucleic acid test result.
The Chinese embassy or a consulate must then review their application, which should also take less than a day but may take longer if the authorities have to check with the testing institutions.
Previously Chinese passengers flying from the US to China had up to 14 days before the flight to take the nucleic acid test and could obtain the green WeChat code by making daily health declarations.
Foreigners also did not have to submit a health declaration in the past.
This will not apply from September 15.
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