The Requirements of Taking Nucleic Acid Test for COVID-19 for Passengers Bound for China
2020/08/07

 

According to the joint announcement of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the General Administration of Customs of China and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 20th July 2020, starting from 15th August 2020, Chinese and foreign travellers who are to fly from Malta to China are required to take nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 within 3 days before boarding. Only those with negative test result verified by the Chinese Embassy in Malta will be allowed to board the plane. The Airliners will check the relevant passengers during check-in or before boarding. The specific procedures are as follows:

1. Chinese passengers are required to declare their negative test result through WeChat Health Code App B1 Entrance within 12 hours as they get their results. The Chinese Embassy will examine the result and issue a green colored Health Code with an "HS" mark. The passenger can present the green code to the airliner and travel to China within its validity.

2. Non-Chinese passengers are required to send their negative test result, copies of their valid passport information page and a signed Health Declaration Form to the designated email Address:consulate_mlt@mfa.gov.cn within 12 hours as they get their results. The Chinese Embassy will examine the result, stamp the Health Declaration Form and send it back to the passenger via email. Passengers should print out and present the stamped Health Declaration Form to the airliner and travel to China within its validity. (the Health Declaration Form valid 3 days starting from the test result issurance date)

Reminder:

1. The test should be taken within 3 days before departure. Passengers bound for China are reminded to finish the test and get the verification in time.

2. Both the green health code with an "HS" mark and the Health Declaration Form have a validity period. The health code will turn gray when expired. In the case of a flight delay, please check the validity of the health code or the Health Declaration Form based on the original departure time. And if valid, the passengers are allowed with such a gray health code or an expired Health Declaration Form on board.

3. The above-mentioned requirements also apply in a third country if the Passenger bound for China transfer via a third country. Otherwise, the passenger may not be allowed to board the connecting flight.

4. The designated test institutes in Malta include the 6 testing centers in Pembroke, Luqa, Xewkija (Gozo) , Qormi, Burmarrad, Mater Dei Hospital and St. James Hospital. Call public Health Helpline on 111 or St. James Hospital on + 356 23291603/04/05 to make an appointment.

 

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