China to require travelers from PH to have negative COVID-19 results

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — Travelers from the Philippines will be required to present negative COVID-19 test results before boarding a plane for China starting August 20.

Chinese authorities announced in mid-July that they will require negative nucleic acid test results for inbound passengers.

The Chinese Embassy in Manila released the guidelines on Tuesday, more than a week before the new rule is implemented.

Chinese and foreign travelers from the Philippines should secure negative test certificates within five days before their scheduled flight to China.

The certificate, as well as a health declaration form and a photocopy of the front page of the passport should be e-mailed to the Embassy or consulates.

The Embassy or the consulates will then send back the certified health declaration form, which will be presented to airline authorities upon check-in.

“Please be noted that it shall take at least 1 working day for the verification by the Chinese Embassy or the Consulates,” the Embassy said.

It noted that a Chinese visa is still required to enter the Asian country. The Chinese government, however, temporarily suspended the entry of foreign visa holders since March to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease.

Only the visitors coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific, or technological activities or emergency humanitarian needs are allowed entry.

China, where the novel coronavirus originated in December 2019, now has fewer infections than 29 other states, including the Philippines. China has recorded more than 88,000 COVID-19 cases, while the Philippines has 139,538 to date.