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COVID-19 Test Certificate Required for Inbound Travelers MFA: Negative Result of Test Done within 5 Days Before Boarding Needs to be Presented

2020/07/23

On 21 July, China issued a notice requiring inbound air passengers to provide negative COVID-19 test results before boarding. At the regular press conference on the same day, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the measure will facilitate cross-border travel, support international economic recovery, and help restore normalcy in people-to-people exchange.

Wang said, “All Chinese and foreign passengers flying to China will be required to complete nucleic acid tests (NAT) within five days before boarding. The airlines will be responsible for verifying the test results before letting passengers through. The Chinese embassies will evaluate the testing capacity and other relevant conditions of their host countries, and specify the timeline of implementation for each country after reaching consensus with it through consultations. The embassies will release detailed arrangements in due course.”

As the COVID-19 situations ease in some countries, people-to-people exchanges and international flights are resuming. Wang said that drawing on the practices of relevant countries, China will gradually require inbound flyers to provide NAT-negative certificates upon boarding to ensure health and safety in international travel and reduce the risk of cross-border transmission.

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