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Notice on Designated Institutions for Nucleic Acid and IgM Antibody Tests for Personnel Intending to Travel to China

In order to stop trans-border spread of COVID-19, personnel intending to travel to China need to take nucleic acid and antibody (IgM) tests at designated institutions starting from 19th February 2021.

Detailed requirements are as follows:

I. Taking Nucleic Acid and Antibody Tests in Designated Institutions

a, Travelers to China need to take nucleic acid and antibody tests at institutions designated by the Chinese Embassy and Consulates-General in the UK (the list can be found at the end of this page) on the day or within the previous 2 days of departure from the UK. Tests taken at institutions that are not on the list will not be accepted.

b, When providing nucleic acid and antibody samples, travelers are advised to request the institution to inform the Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General in the UK of the test results, and authorize the institutions to share necessary personal information, including but not limited to name, gender, date of birth, passport number and test results.

c, Only those tested negative for nucleic acid and IgM antibody are to be issued the digital Health Declaration Form with HDC sign for traveling to China.

II. Application for Digital Health Declaration Form with HDC sign

Non-Chinese nationals need to apply for a Digital Health Declaration Form online (click to read the instructions). A copy of the passenger's itinerary and valid Chinese visa issued in the UK (click to check if the visa is valid) should be uploaded as well as the test results.

III. Special Tips

a, The Chinese Embassy and Consulates-General in the UK will no longer issue digital Health Declaration Form to personnel traveling to China via a third country or region once direct flights resume. It is advised that payment for travel fare should be made as close to the planned departure date from the UK as possible.

b, If departure is in the morning, application for Digital Health Declaration Form with HDC sign must be made before 9:00 pm the previous evening so that processing and issuance could be completed in time .

c, Please be advised that Digital Health Declaration Form with HDC sign will only be issued to those who fly to China with one stopover.The digital Health Declaration Form is only one of the documents needed for boarding the flight. Transiting via a third country or region is subject to the regulations of the relevant country or district where the procedures for digital Health Declaration Form issuance may be different. Please check with the relevant airlines or relevant authorities for further details.

d, The list of designated institutions will be updated as needed. Please check the latest updates before booking a test.

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