If you’re planning on travelling to China from the UK, you’ll need to provide the right COVID-19 paperwork.

Here’s everything you need to know about PCR requirements for China.

Travelling from the UK to China: what are the current rules and regulations?

Rules and regulations surrounding international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic are changing regularly. This guidance is subject to change. Please check with The Foreign Office and/or the Chinese Embassy before booking your trip.

At the time of writing, China’s borders are only open to a very select group of people: Chinese nationals and foreigner visitors with specific permission to enter, like diplomatic visas or C visas.

If you are issued a visa to travel from the UK to China, you need to submit a Health Declaration Form via the Chinese Embassy before you travel. This process needs to be done via the website — not via email.

To complete the form, you must provide documentation of relevant COVID test results. The Embassy or Consulate will certify the form and return it to you via the same online system.

Which COVID-19 tests do I need to get?

In order to get a signed Health Declaration Form from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate, you need to provide the following:

  1. A negative nucleic acid test result for COVID-19 (also known as a PCR test)

  2. An IgM antibody test result for COVID-19

Both tests should be conducted no more than 48 hours before your departure. If your journey involves a connecting flight, you should time your tests for 48 hours before the flight that arrives into China.

When timing your test, you will also need to take into account the time it will take for the Embassy or Consulate to issue your Health Declaration Form.

What are the current COVID-19 rules in China?

What will happen when I arrive in China?

All international arrivals undergo health checks upon arrival to their airport. This might include a nucleic acid or swab test. Anyone who gets a positive result may be sent to a hospital for treatment.

Will I have to quarantine?

Some international arrivals to China need to quarantine for 14 days, either at home or in a designated government hotel. This varies depending upon which province of China you are visiting.

Local authorities may also impose a mandatory quarantine in response to new COVID-19 outbreaks at very short notice.

What else can I expect?

If you’re travelling around China or visiting public places, you will probably have to undergo temperature checks. You may also need to use a health app on your smartphone. This will prove both your travel history and health status to officials.

Where can I get a Fit to Fly test for travel to China?

An NHS COVID-19 test result is not valid for international travel. If you’re planning a trip to China or any other country that requires a COVID-19 test result, you need to attend a private clinic.

At Corona Test Centre, our medical professionals have conducted thousands of Fit to Fly COVID-19 tests. We know exactly what your Fit to Fly certificate needs to include. And we offer quick results for a full range of COVID-19 tests.

Book your Fit to Fly COVID-19 test with us today.