Notice on Airline Boarding Requirement for Certificate of Negative Result of Nucleic Acid Tests for Covid-19

In accordance with the joint announcement of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the General Administration of Customs of China and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 20 July, foreign passengers who are to fly from UAE to China will be required to take a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 and apply for certified Health Declaration Form starting from 25 August 2020. The following procedures are for your reference:

1. Starting from 25 August 2020, all foreign passengers who are to fly to China from UAE, directly or indirectly, will be required to take a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within three days before boarding (Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline,Air China and some other airlines may have more strict requirements on validity period of the Nucleic Acid Test Certificate, and it is suggested passengers follow the instructions of relevant airlines to arrange nucleic acid test for COVID-19 ). At this stage, the Chinese Embassy designates SEHA as the specific institutions to carry out the test.

2. Passenger shall fill in and sign the Health Declaration Form (please see the attachment) and send a scanned copy of the signed Form, together with the Nucleic Acid Test Certificate (with negative result), and a photocopy of the bio-page of the passport to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General at the following email addresses:

Chinese Embassy in UAE:

Chinese Consulate General in Dubai:

To speed up the process, please use "HS+Passenger name+Date of Departure" as subject line of your email, e.g. "HS+John Smith+ × Aug , 2020".

3. Certified Health Declaration Form with a validity period of 3 days starting from the date of issue of the Nucleic Acid Test Certificate (with negative result) shall be issued by the Chinese Embassy or the Chinese Consulate General in Dubai and sent back to the passenger by email.

4. Passenger shall be required to present the print-out certified Health Declaration Form within the validity period during check-in or before boarding the flight and cooperate with airlines staff during the inspection. Please be noted that passenger with expired Health Declaration Form will not be allowed to board the plane and will be required to take nucleic acid tests and apply for the Health Declaration Form again.

5. For foreign passengers ultimately bound for China who transfer via other countries that require valid Health Declaration Forms for boarding (please see will also be required to show Health Declaration Forms during transferring. Please make sure that the Forms are still valid when boarding the connecting flights.

6. Passenger is advised to bring the Nucleic Acid Test Certificate (with negative result) to the airport in case of the need for further inspection.

7. Please also be noted that a certified Health Declaration Form is not an alternative to a Chinese visa.

                                                                                      The Chinese Embassy in UAE

                                                                                            August 18, 2020

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