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Notice on China-bound Foreign Passengers' Application of Health Code (Updated July 6 2022)
2022-07-06 18:07

Starting from July 1, 2022, the Chinese Consulate-General in San Franciscowill review and issue health code for China-bound passengers according to the updated requirements on this notice.

1.Passengers traveling to China must take 2nucleic acid tests, andapply for health code from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General (based on the consular jurisdiction ofthe latestnucleic acid testlaboratories), travel before it expires and be prepared for checking by the airlines before boarding.

2. Foreign passengers can apply forhealth code athttps://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/

3.Nucleic acid samplescanbe collected and tested at anylegal laboratory institutionswith CLIA certifiedin the U.S. The test reportsshould contain specific information such as passenger name, date of birth, date of sample collection, date of report and contact information of the testing institution. The Consulate will contact the issuing agency to verify the authenticity of all submitted reports and certificates. If any of them cannot be verified, or contain false information, or isdeemed altered or forged, the health code will not be issued and passengers will be denied boarding.

4. Test requirements before departure:

Within 48 hours before departure, take 2nucleic acid tests with different test reagents at different laboratories with an intervalof over 24 hours.(e.g. If the flight departs on July 10, the first sampling time can be on July 8, and the second time can be on July 9.)

5. Documents required for health code application:

(1)Two nucleic acid test reports;

(2)Flight itinerary;

(3)Passport, Chinese visa or resident permit;

(4) If you have an infection history/ are a close contact/ show symptoms, please upload supplementary documents according to the requirements below.

6.Passengers will receive a"green code"when all their test results are verified. Before boarding, passengers will be required to present "green code".

7. Passengers with infection history:

(1) If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 or tested positive for nucleic acid, you are considered as having an infection history.

(2) You can apply for a health code if you meet the following requirements:

- Take 2nucleic acid tests with aninterval of over 24 hoursat any legal laboratory institutions in the U.S. and both tests return negative results.

- Take a self-quarantine for at least 14 days.If you develop any symptoms such as fever, cough, diarrhea during the self-quarantine, take another nucleic acid test. If the result is negative, start another 14daysquarantine again. If the result is positive, you will need to wait until you recover and redo the whole process.

- If your health condition remain normal during the self-quarantine period, follow this notice to take another 2 nucleic acid tests within 48 hours before boarding. To apply for a health code,the2additional nucleic acid test reports before the self-quarantine are also required.

8. Close contacts/showing suspected symptoms:

(1) Passengers who have had unprotected contact with confirmed, suspected or asymptomatic cases are considered as close contacts.Passengers with an positive antigen result are considered as close contactsas well.

(2) Close contacts or passengers showing suspected symptoms are required to self-quarantine for at least 5days. If your health condition remain normal during the self-quarantine period, follow this notice to take 2 nucleic acid tests within 48 hours before boarding.

9. About transit:

In general, the Consulate will view and issue health code for passengers who fly from the U.S. to China by transiting in a third country (region) and from a third country transiting in U.S. to China.Please take required tests and apply for health codes in both the departing country and transferring country before boarding.

10. Do babies and toddlers need to be tested?

Babies and toddlers under the age of 3 do not need to be tested or apply for a health code.

11. Am I sure to get the health code if I apply as required?

No. To ensure the health and safety of international travel and reduce the risk of cross-border transmission of COVID-19, the Consulate will decide based on a comprehensive review. Please plan your trip accordingly.

12.The office hours of the Consulate to review health code applications is from 9am to 9pm PDTdaily (including weekends and holidays).

13. In the event of any inconsistency between the previously released information and this notice, this notice shall prevail.

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