UAE flights: New Covid rules announced for passengers to China from January 8

The Asian country is reopening its borders to foreign travellers


Waheed Abbas

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Published: Sat 31 Dec 2022, 1:43 PM

Last updated: Mon 9 Jan 2023, 11:02 AM

Passengers travelling from the UAE to China will have to take a Covid-19 PCR test starting today, as the Asian country lifts quarantine restrictions on international travellers.

China is now reopening its borders to foreign travellers. China-bound travellers from the UAE will have to present a negative result from a PCR test taken 48 hours before boarding the flight, the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Dubai said.

“Those with negative test results shall make a health declaration to the China Customs before travelling to China without the need to apply for an HS/HDC QR Code from the Embassy or Consulate General of China in the UAE. Passengers with positive test results shall wait until the result is negative,” the consulate said in a statement on its website.

The mission reiterated the new guidelines in tweets posted online:

China, which reported around 4,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, has announced reopening of borders after nearly three years from January 8.

On December 26, China’s National Health Commission downgraded Covid-19 from Class A to Class B, which means the requirement for quarantine has been dropped for the passengers.

As per the new guidelines issued by the consulate, China-bound passengers are required to submit their PCR test results within 48 hours prior to boarding a flight through the WeChat mini-programme Customs Pocket Declaration from January 8.

In addition, the passengers must take proper self-protection measures, wear masks during travel, strengthen self-prevention in public places such as airports, and cooperate with the airline for in-flight epidemic control.

As China eases international travel restrictions on its citizens, some countries have required Chinese nationals to carry a negative Covid-19 test or be fully vaccinated.


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