The Chinese Embassy in India optimized the testing requirements for China-bound passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic and updated “Notice on Application of Green Health Code for China-bound Passengers from India”, which will be implemented from 1 July, 2022.
Ⅰ. Double-Nucleic Acid (RT-PCR) Tests before Boarding
All the passengers traveling to China by flight should take double-nucleic acid (RT-PCR) tests before boarding in the labs authorized by the Indian Council of Medical Research (hereinafter referred to as ICMR, lists of labs please refer to website: https://www.icmr.gov.in/).
1. Take the first nucleic acid (RT-PCR) test of COVID-19 within 48 hours before boarding.
2. Take the second nucleic acid (RT-PCR) test of COVID-19 within 24 hours before boarding. The two nucleic acid tests shall be taken in two different labs, using different detection reagents, with an interval of more than 24 hours.
II. Apply for Green Health Code
Apply to the Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General in India for Green Health Code with the “HS/HDC” mark by logging on the website of http://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/ (for Foreign Nationals) via computer or smart phone, or by logging on “Epidemic Prevention Health Code International Version” WeChat Mini Program (For Chinese nationals), declare your information and health condition as well as upload the following scanned documents:
1. Upload Test Reports
The first nucleic acid (RT-PCR) test report with its sample collected within 48 hours before boarding.
The second nucleic acid (RT-PCR) test report with its sample collected within 24 hours before boarding, which is issued by a different lab, using a different detection reagent, and with an interval of more than 24 hours between the two tests.
The two negative nucleic acid (RT-PCR) test reports of COVID-19 should be issued by labs authorized by ICMR, which should be machine-printed, not hand-written, and with a QR code.
2. Besides the test reports, the following materials should also be uploaded:
A. Passport information page.
B. Foreign Nationals should upload valid Chinese Visa issued after 26 March, 2020, or valid Chinese Residence Permit for work, personal matters, resident journalist and family reunion, or valid Chinese Permanent Residence Card.
C. Flight tickets or booking itinerary of the whole trip.
D. Reservation of COVID-19 Nucleic acid (RT-PCR) tests in the labs of the transiting country, if transiting via a third country to China.
E. Certificates of Vaccination of Chinese-made vaccines or vaccines approved for use by WHO, if having been already vaccinated.
Ⅲ. Health-monitoring Requirement for Passengers with COVID-19 Infection History
Passengers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or tested positive for nucleic acid (RT-PCR) test should be considered as passengers with COVID-19 infection history. Passengers with COVID-19 infection history, having received two negative nucleic acid (RT-PCR) test reports issued by two different ICMR authorized labs with an interval of more than 24 hours should be considered of recovery. The latest date of the two negative nucleic acid (RT-PCR) test reports shall be considered as the date of recovery. Over 14 days after the date of recovery, without any abnormal symptoms during the 14 days’ health-monitoring period, the passengers can make travel arrangements and take the double-nucleic acid (RT-PCR) tests before boarding.
Ⅳ. Self-monitoring Requirement for Close Contacts or Passengers Showing Suspected Symptoms
Passengers who have had close contacts with the confirmed, suspected or asymptomatic cases and passengers who have shown suspected symptoms such as high body temperature, cough or diarrhea in the last 14 days are requested to undergo health-monitoring for 5 days. After 5 days’ health-monitoring, and without any abnormal symptoms during that period, the passengers can make travel arrangements and take the double-nucleic acid (RT-PCR) tests before boarding.
Ⅴ. Important Reminder
1. Passengers who depart from India and transit via a third country to China should take double-nucleic acid (RT-PCR) tests of COVID-19 and apply for Green Health Code respectively in India and in the transiting country. It is suggested to consult with the Chinese Embassy or Consulates in the transiting country and refer to their website in advance regarding whether transit is feasible, local regulations on entry, quarantine and epidemic prevention, as well as testing requirements. Then book the nucleic acid (RT-PCR) tests of COVID-19 in the labs of the transiting country and apply for the second Green Health Code according to requirements of the Chinese Embassy or Consulates in the transiting country. Please make sure that either there should be testing facilities in the transiting airport, or passengers can enter into the transiting country with valid travel documents to take nucleic acid (RT-PCR) tests, otherwise Green Health Code will not be issued by the Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General in India.
2. Please declare your COVID-19 infection history, close contact history, high body temperature and other suspected symptoms in good faith. In case of concealment or deception, the Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General in India will refuse to issue Green Health Code, passengers concerned shall bear the responsibilities and consequences incurred by themselves.
3. China-bound passengers from India shall take necessary epidemic preventive measures before boarding, during time of travel, till arrival in China, as well as observe local regulations with respect to COVID-19 prevention and control upon arrival in China.
4. In order to ensure Green Health Code to be issued before boarding, please upload the required materials and apply for Green Health Code 6 hours before departure. If the uploaded materials are not complete or do not meet the requirements, the application will not be approved, and a new application should be submitted.
5. Contact information of the Chinese Embassy in India. Telephone Number: 0091-11-26112343. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (For Foreign Nationals), email@example.com (For Chinese Nationals).
Passengers who reside in Maharashtra or Karnataka should apply to the Chinese Consulate-General in Mumbai for Green Health Code. Please refer to its website or consult with it. Telephone Number: 0091-9769581336. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Passengers who reside in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chattisgarh, or West Bengal should apply to the Chinese Consulate-General in Kolkata for Green Health Code. Please refer to its website or consult with it. Telephone Number: 0091-33-40045211（For Foreign Nationals, Chinese language only）or 0091-33-23377712 （For Foreign Nationals, English or Bangali only) , 0091-9163390711 (for Chinese Nationals) . Email: email@example.com
This notice will be implemented from 1 July, 2022. The Chinese Embassy in India reserves the right of explanation. If there is any inconsistency between the present notice and the previously released ones, the latest version shall prevail. The above-mentioned measures will be updated in the future according to the requirement of the Chinese government as well as the development of the epidemic situation and the imported cases of COVID-19.