UAE: New Covid rules announced for passengers to China from next week

Passengers travelling from the UAE to China will have to take a Covid-19 PCR test from next week, as the Asian country gears up to lift quarantine restrictions on international travellers.

China is set to reopen its borders to foreign travellers from January 8. Starting January 8, 2023 (Beijing time), 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.

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. Currently, international travellers are required to quarantine upon arrival in China.

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.


Khaleej Times

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