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China to Replace PCR Test with Self-testing Antigen for Inbound Travelers

Published: Apr. 26, 2023
According to the latest news from Chinese foreign ministry, since April 29, the nucleic acid test requirement for China inbound travelers is removed and only a self-testing antigen test result within 48 hours is enough before boarding your flight. The airlines will not check the results before boarding, either. And travelers just need to declare the negative test result to China Customs.

Self-testing Antigen Test Results Are Required since Apr. 29

Since January 8, China has downgraded the management of COVID-19 and a lot of new measures have been announced, including canceling the quarantine requirements for inbound travelers, and all types of visas resumed to be issued. However, since then, the negative nucleic acid test results within 48 hours and travelers need to present the negative results to the staff of airlines before boarding their international flight. 

But now, China has declared to remove the entry requirements for nucleic acid tests. Instead, a self-testing antigen negative result is the only proof to offer for travelers who depart to China. Pay attention that the antigen test should be performed within 48 hours prior to boarding and only travelers with the negative antigen result can travel to China. Also, the result is no longer needed to present to airlines. Travelers just need to declare the negative test result to customs when entering China. 

How to Declare Your Antigen Test to China Customs?

Generally, there are two ways to declare your negative test result. 

1. One is filling out a Health Declaration Form at the official web page (htdecl.chinaport.gov.cn). 
2. The other is to scan the following QR code to fill the same form on the Wechat mini-program of China Customs or China Customs APP. China Customs
Travelers who have negative health declarations and do not have any abnormalities against regular quarantine checks will be allowed to enter the Chinese border.

More International Flights Opened and Reopen One After Another

As China adjusts and optimizes its entry requirements, more and more international flights to China are resuming. For example, British Airways have resumed daily flights between London's Heathrow Airport and Shanghai's Pudong Airport since April 24 and its London-Beijing Airline will also be reopened since June 3; Garuda Airlines will soon resume flights between Jakarta and Shanghai Pudong; Xiamen Airlines will resume flights from New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles and other international cities to Xiamen. In addition, more flights will be added to existing flight routes. The flights operated by Air China from Frankfurt, London, and Milan to Shanghai; flights of Amsterdam-Shanghai operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines; and Auckland to Shanghai flight will all be adjusted to fly every day. 

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