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Notice on Airline Boarding Requirements for Certificates Of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results
2020/11/01

In order to reduce cross-border transmission of Covid-19, starting from November 7th 2020, all Chinese and foreign passengers who are to fly from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and then apply for a green health code with the "HS" Mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:

I. Test Requirements

Passengers going to China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests within 48 hours before boarding. They must take the tests at a medical institution designated or recognized by the Chinese Embassy in Saudi Arabia or Chinese consulate-General in Jeddah (See the attachment for the list of the facilities) and then apply at the Chinese embassy/Consulate General for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with certificates of negative results of both tests.

Passengers going to China from Saudi Arabia via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in Saudi Arabia within 48 hours before boarding their flight to the transit country and then take both tests again in the transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply at the Chinese embassies / consulates in Both Saudi Arabia and the transit country for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with certificates of negative results of both tests.

II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark

Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app photos of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results along with their flight itinerary, which will then be examined and verified by the Chinese embassy / consulates. Then they will get the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.

III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Status Declaration Form

Effective from 11 November 2020, foreign passengers taking flights to China departing from Saudi Arabia are required to apply for a "Health Declare Certificate" online. Foreign passengers can log on to the website http://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/ through computers or mobile phones, and fill in the information online, declare the health status, upload 1) negative nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body test results (both tests must be conducted within 48 hours before boarding the flight); 2) passport information page; and 3) itinerary of air travel. After the Chinese embassy/Consulate General in Saudi Arabia passes the review, the "Health Declare Certificate" (electronic version) will be issued through this website.Transfer/transit passengers are required to apply for a "Health Declare Certificate" online in the same way in transit country. The "Health Declare Certificate" (electronic version) will be displayed in the form of a QR code with "HDC" logo. Upon boarding, foreign passengers must present the electronic version or the printed version for verification by the airlines company.

IV. Reminder:

Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.

Passengers are advised to take direct flights to China, namely SV884. Passengers insisting on flying to China via connecting flights must make sure they meet the boarding requirements of the transit airports, which may include but not limited to taking the Tests in the transit country and applying for a stamped certified health declaration form from the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in the transit country. Passengers are therefore advised to find out about the entry regulations and Tests requirements of the transit country before traveling. Failure to enter the transit country, or to meet the requirements on Tests or certified health declaration form, could result in heightened infection risk or being stranded.

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