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Notice on the Requirements for Passengers to China to Present COVID-19 Test Results before Taking Flights (Updated on June 01, 2022)
2020-11-03 23:21

Contents

1.Requirements of the pre-departure tests

2.Requirements of vaccination certificate

3.Requirements of itinerary and proof of residential status

4.Requirements of pre-departure self-isolation

5.Requirements for transit via Singapore

6.Recovery inspection procedure for passengers with history of COVID-19 infection

7.Requirements on suspected symptoms, close contact screening and travel history in the past 30 days

8.Requirements for Chinese seafarers back to China after disembarking in Singapore

9.Testing agencies

10.Reminders

In accordance with the Embassy's notice of 20 May, documents for health code application for various categories of passengers are as shown in the following table.

To reduce cross-border transmission of Covid-19, since 8 November, 2020, all Chinese and foreign passengers (including the Fast Lane passengers) flying from Singapore to China shall apply for green health codes with standardized pre-departure test memos, vaccination certificates, itineraries, etc.. Chinese passengers shall upload the required documents via WeChat App (see Annex 1) to apply for green health codes with theHSmark and foreign passengers shall apply for green health declaration codes with the “HDC” mark via https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/. (Hereinafter referred to as Health Code)

1.Requirements of the pre-departure tests

1.1 Passengers travelling from Singapore to China (including short-term visitors) shall perform 2 pre-departure PCR tests in total to apply for a BLUE health code. Besides, passengers shall perform an ART test before boarding. Passengers are eligible to proceed with the check-in procedures with blue health codes and negative ART test results.

1.1.1 Passengers shall undergo the first PCR test (Nasopharyngealswab,samebelow) on the second day before departure. For instance, the first PCR test shall be performed on the last Saturday for flights departing on this Monday.

1.1.2 Passengers shall undergo the second PCR test within 24 hours prior to departure. For instance, passengers taking flights at 8:00 AM on this Monday shall take the test after 8:00 AM on last Sunday.

Results of the above-mentioned 2 PCR tests are used for blue health code application.

1.1.3 Passengers shall take an ART test within 6 hours at Changi Testing Facility before departure. Only with the negative ART test results and Blue health codes can passengers proceed with check-in procedures.

The Testing Facility is located at Terminal 3 Level 1, Coach Stand. Passengers shall make an appointment and pay online at least one day in advance via Raffles Connect of Raffles Medical Group.Testing fee is S$38 per person. Please refer to the Annex 2 for instruction of Raffles Connect APP. After the test, there is no need to wait at the testing facility. ART test results will be sent to passengers via SMS and email. Passengers are eligible to proceed to check in with the valid blue health codes and negative ART test results. If passengers fail to receive the test results within the normal waiting time, they can contact the airlines check-in counter for inquiry. Self-tests or ART tests performed at other clinics or beyond 6 hours prior to departure cannot be used for check-in.

1.2 Testing time is based on the date of sampling and calculated by calendar day, while tests at other time points are not valid. If the test is not performed on time due to the hospitals or clinics, letter of clarification will be required from the testing agencies. Health code will expire 2 days after the date of the first PCR test. The sampling date in the application system refers to the date of PCR test on the second day before departure.

1.3 Tests on the second day and the first day before departure shall follow the “cross-testing” principle, which means that the sampling and testing shall be performed at two different agencies, and one of them shall be Raffles Medical Group or partnered clinics of Parkway Medical Group. Samplings at the same hospital or clinic but tested by two different testing facilities or tested twice by the same testing facility will also be regarded as invalid.

1.4 In view of the time pressure for the the PCR test within 24 hours before departure, passengers to China are advised to inform the clinic of their departure time and the time required to receive the test memo (if the flight departs in the early morning or in the morning, the application for the health code shall be submitted no later than 23:59 the day before, and if the flight departs at noon, in the afternoon and evening, applications shall be submitted no later than 4 hours before departure, see 10.Reminders for details). Express testing is available at the Travel Testing Centre or A&E Department of Raffles Hospital and some hospitals and clinics of Parkway Medical Group (express fees may apply depending on the urgency of the test, and the fastest results may be available in about 4 hours). Please refer to section 9 of the notice for contact information of the testing agencies.

1.5 Passengers shall submit the standardized test memos (see Annex 3 for samples) with verifiable QR code passenger’s personal particulars and testing information for  the 2 PCR tests before departure.

2. Requirements of vaccination certificate

2.1 In principle, passengers can take direct flights to China if they have been fully vaccinated for 14 days(which is not applicable for booster). For instance, if passengers have completed the final dose of vaccination on 1 September, they can take the flights on 15 September to China at the earliest.

2.2 For those vaccinated in China, they shall upload the International Travel Health Certificate, (see Annex 4 for sample and application method), or upload the relevant vaccination certificates with verifiable QR code (including overseas vaccination status notarised in Singapore).

2.3 For those vaccinated in Singapore, they shall upload the vaccination certificates with verifiable QR code as proof of vaccination (Vaccination HealthCert, see Annex 5 for sample and application method).

Since it will take a certain period of time to apply for the above-mentioned certificates after registering for SingPass, passengers especially resigned employees are advised to follow the attached instructions to obtain the vaccination certificates in advance. Otherwise, they will be unable to register for Singpass account due to the permit cancellation, which will result in the delay of trip to China. Passengers without Singpass account can refer to Item 2 of Annex 5 for certificate application method.

2.4 For passengers whose vaccination certificates cannot be verified by QR code (including those vaccinated in countries other than China and Singapore), they shall upload the vaccination certificates and the Letter of Commitment on COVID-19 Vaccination (see Annex 6). The Embassy will review the health code application by taking all the relevant factors into account.

3. Requirement of itinerary and proof of residential status

3.1 Long-term residents in Singapore shall upload the long-term pass, or special pass upon cancellation of the long-term pass and paid ticket of direct flight from Singapore to China (such personal particulars as name must be shown in the ticket).

3.2 Short-term visitors to Singapore from China shall upload the tickets or boarding passes from China to Singapore and paid ticket of direct flight from Singapore to China (such personal particulars as name must be shown in the ticket). Passengers without proof of entry into Singapore shall upload the extension of short-term visit visa approved by the ICA (has stayed in Singapore for more than 1 month).

3.3 Short-term visitors departing from China to Singapore via a third country shall submit all tickets throughout the journey, short-term visas for the countries you stayed and paid ticket to China in order.

4. Requirements of pre-departure self-isolation

4.1 Passengers to China are encouraged to fulfill a 7-day pre-departure self-isolation and health monitoring in a conscious manner. For workers from relevant companies and crew on board, they shall follow the specific pre-departure self-isolation regulations as required. For passengers who have been approved by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in their place of origin to transit via Singapore, they shall fulfill a pre-departure self-isolation and health monitoring consciously from the date of arrival in Singapore if their stay in Singapore is less than 7 days.

4.2 The place of self-isolation. Passengers shall take the pre-departure self-isolation in a single room separately. If not applicable, please take proper preventive measures to avoid contact with those who share the same room.

4.3 Requirements of outings during self-isolation. Passengers shall handle the relevant matters in advance before self-isolation, and shall not go out during self-isolation period except for pre-departure tests. If the self-isolation cannot be completed for any reason, in principle, the passenger shall postpone the trip and fulfill the 7-day self-isolation again.

5.Requirements for transit via Singapore

5.1 In principle, passengers shall take the direct flight to China from their place of residence. For passengers from countries or regions that have no direct flights to China, they shall follow the principle of “one transit only” and firstly apply for the health codes from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General at their place of residence and truthfully declare their transit in Singapore. Only with the health codes issued by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate at the place of origin, can passengers enter Singapore for transit to China. If passengers do not obtain health codes from the place of origin, or fail to declare transit in Singapore when applying for health codes at the place of origin, or have history of COVID-19 infection without fulfilling the recovery inspection procedure under the guidance of the Chinese Embassy or Consulate at the place of origin, they shall, in principle, return to the place of origin and the Chinese Embassy in Singapore will not issue health codes for them.

5.2 Passengers approved by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in their place of origin to transit via Singapore (shall enter Singapore for required pre-departure tests before taking the connecting flights to China as testing facility is not available at the transit area of Changi Airport) shall fulfill the required self-isolation and pre-departure tests during their stay in Singapore.

5.3 The Embassy will not issue health codes to passengers who depart from Singapore to a third country or region for transit to the Chinese Mainland if there are direct flights from Singapore to the Chinese Mainland. Passengers shall take direct flights from Singapore to the Chinese Mainland.

6.Recovery inspection procedure for passengers with history of COVID-19 infection

6.1 Passengers with history of COVID-19 infection refers to those who have been infected with COVID-19(including the vaccinated after recovery) and who have tested positive for PCR and ART tests.

Passengers with history of COVID-19 infection are kindly advised to report to the Embassy via https://wj.qq.com/s2/5896473/3a7f/ promptly once they plan to travel to China, to obtain the contact email address and detailed requirements for the recovery inspection procedure.

6.2 Passengers with history of COVID-19 infection can start the recovery inspection procedure from the date of discharge if they have a discharge certificate from a medical institution. Otherwise, they shall start the recovery inspection procedure 14 days after the infection is confirmed (based on the date of positive test).  Those who have passed the inspection by the Embassy can fulfill the 6-week observation period (including the 14 days of personal health monitoring during self-isolation). If there is no abnormality during this period, they can take pre-departure tests and apply for health codes accordingly.

7. Requirements on suspected symptoms, close contact screening and travel history in the past 30 days

7.1 If passengers show suspected symptoms such as cough, fever or diarrhoea, they  shall wait for 14 days after the symptoms have disappeared before taking the pre-departure tests.

7.2 Passengers shall truthfully declare the personal history of close contact with the confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 30 days. The relevant personnel cannot take the flight to China until they have been free from the close contact for 18 days. Please note that those will not be considered as freeing from the close contact if they sharing the same apartment with the confirmed case of COVID-19, even though they live in different rooms. If you are unable to to live alone, the period of 30 days shall be counted from the date of recovery of the confirmed case. For instance, if you were free from close contact on 1 March without infection, you can take the flights to China on 30 March.

7.3 Requirements for passengers with a travel history in the past 30 days. Except for transit passengers with approval from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate at the place of origin, passengers who have travelled to countries other than China and Singapore in the past 30 days may be rejected for the health code application. Passengers under such circumstances are advised to contact the Embassy in advance for the requirement on their duration of stay in Singapore.

8. Requirements for Chinese seafarers back to China after disembarking in Singapore

Chinese seafarers back to China after disembarking in Singapore shall fulfill the same pre-departure requirements as ordinary passengers.

9. Testing agencies

The hospitals and clinics of Raffles Medical Group or Parkway Pantai Ltd provide tests for Total (IgM+IgG) Antibody N protein.

Raffles Medical Group

For enquiry, please call 0065-63111160; for clinic information, please click on: https://www.rafflesmedicalgroup.com/covid-19/covid-19-tests

Raffles Hospital address: 585 North Bridge Road Singapore 188770. Applicants can also download the “RafflesConnect” APP (Chinese language is available) to make an appointment. 

Parkway Medical Group

For enquiry, please call 0065-68123391; for clinic information, please click on: https://www.parkwayshenton.com/covid-19/pre-departure-test

Parkway Group Hospitals: Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital (Tel: 62500000), Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital (Tel: 68986898), Gleneagles Hospital (Tel: 65757575), Parkway East Hospital (Tel: 63773737). Parkway East Hospital (Tel: 63773737); applicants can also make appointments via WhatsApp (0065-81987777). 

Passengers may also choose other testing agencies designated by the Ministry of Health of Singapore that can provide standardized test memos. The list is as follows: https://www.moh.gov.sg/licensing-and-regulation/regulations-guidelines-and-circulars/details/list-of-covid-19-swab-providers

According to the notice of Ministry of Health and Ministry of Manpower in Singapore, enterprises or individuals (including travelers to China) can make an appointment for pre-departure test with the clinics and testing agencies approved by the government, without obtaining the government's approval in advance. In light of this, the Embassy will no longer issue the Letter of Assistance for pre-departure test to Fast Lane travellers, who can choose the testing agencies accordingly.

10. Reminders

10.1 Time limit and inspection for health code application

10.1.1 For flights departing in the (early) morning, applications shall be submitted no later than 23:59 hrs on the previous day. For flights departing at noon, afternoon and evening, applications shall be submitted no later than 4 hours before departure.

10.1.2 Health code applications are all manually reviewed, which will take a certain period of time to review due to the large amount of documents. Passengers shall prepare their relevant documents in advance, take pre-departure tests as early as possible within the required testing period and ask the clinic for emergency contact details. Please apply for health codes immediately after receiving the test memos and checking all the personal particulars in the memos are correct.

10.1.3 When applying for a health code, it is a priority to reserve a Singapore phone number or ensure Chinese phone number is accessible. If the application is returned, please read the reasons carefully and submit the required documents again in a timely manner. Passengers shall be responsible for consequences due to any delayed application or incomplete or non-standardized documents.

10.1.4 Passengers will obtain the blue health codes after their applications are reviewed and approved by the Chinese Embassy in Singapore. Passengers are advised to present the negative ART test results with the valid blue health codes to the airline staff while checking in. In addition, passengers to China shall also take printed documents for inspection by the airline staff. Passengers may be rejected for boarding if their documents do not meet the requirements.

10.2 Health code requirements for delayed flights. According to the requirements, the departure time of the flight shall not exceed the validity period of the health code. 10.2.1 Passengers are eligible for boarding the flights if the flight is delayed or cancelled but the rescheduled departure time is still within the validity period of the health code or they have completed the check-in procedures and entered the terminal waiting for departure even though rescheduled departure time exceeds the validity period of the health code.

10.2.2 If the rescheduled departure time exceeds the validity period of the health code but within 2 days after the original departure date (e.g. the original departure date is the 1st and the rescheduled date is within the 3rd), passengers shall take a PCR test within 24 hours before departure to apply for a new blue health code and take an ART test before check-in within 6 hours before the flight departs. Passengers are eligible to proceed with the check-in procedures with blue health codes and negative ART test results.

10.2.3 If the rescheduled departure date is beyond 2 days after the original departure date, passengers shall perform required tests on the 2nd day and within 24 hours before departure and then apply for a new blue health code. Passengers shall take an ART test before check-in within 6 hours before the flight departs and then they are eligible to proceed with the check-in procedures with blue health codes and negative ART test results.

10.3 Requirements for passengers taking temporary or charter flights to China. Passengers taking temporary or charter flights to China shall fulfill the 7-day self-isolation and health monitoring before departure. The first PCR test shall be performed on the second day before departure. Meanwhile, the second PCR test shall be performed within 12 hours before departure. Please upload the results of the above-mentioned tests and other required documents for the green health code application. In addition, they shall follow the same pre-departure requirements, such as “cross-testing” principle and vaccination certificates, for passengers taking normal commercial flights.

Passengers are kindly advised to read the notice carefully and strictly follow the relevant requirements. If you are unable to provide the required documents and fail to obtain a valid health code and negative ART test result prior to your departure, you are not eligible to travel to China and need to reschedule your itinerary. If there is a discrepancy between the PCR and serology sampling dates in the dual test memo, the earlier one shall prevail.

For Enquiry: +65-81296456 (8:30AM-12:00PM, 2:30PM-5:00PM, Mondays-Fridays, except Holidays)

    Annex 1 WeChat applet.png

Annex 2 User Journey for Pre-Boarding ART.pdf

Annex 3 The test memos with verifiable QR codes.jpg

Annex 4 International Travel Health Certificate.jpg

Annex 5 Vaccination Certificate with a verifiable QR code.jpg

Annex 6 Letter of Commitment on COVID-19 Vaccination.jpg

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