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Notice on the Adjustment of Requirements for China-bound Travelers
2022-12-29 16:30

According to the Chinese government’s notice, starting from January 8, 2023, COVID-19 will be managed as a Class B infectious disease in China, and Covid prevention and border control measures will be adjusted accordingly. China-bound travelers are kindly advised to note the following:

I. Nucleic Acid Test
Travelers are required to take one nucleic acid test within 48 hours before flight departure, and those with negative test results are eligible to travel. Travelers with positive test results could only travel once the test results turned negative.

II. Health Code
Travelers are no longer required to obtain health code from the Chinese Embassy or Consulates General in the SA before departure.

Ⅲ. Health Declaration to China Customs
Travelers need to upload the negative test results to China Customs by filling the Health Declaration Form either on Wechat mini-program of China Customs (scan the QR code below),or at https://htdecl.chinaport.gov.cn/htdeclweb/home/pages/healthDeclare/declare.html, or via the China Customs APP.

IV. Entry Inspection
There will be no nucleic acid test when travelers enter China, and no quarantine for those whose health declaration and entry inspection produce normal results. In case of a positive test result or any symptoms such as fever detected by China Customs, travelers will take an antigen test. Those who test positive in the test will need to have a self-quarantine.

V. Reminders
The above measures will be effective for all passengers arriving in China  from January 8(local time), 2023.
Given the ongoing pandemic, the above adjustments do not mean the easing of disease control. Travelers are advised to take primary responsibility for their health, and use precautionary measures for self-protection.

                                             The Chinese Embassy in South Africa
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