|Q&A on Measures Requiring Negative Covid-19 Nucleic Acid Test Certificate for Passengers Boarding Flights from Belgium to China|
According to Notice on Regulations of Boarding with Negative Nucleic Acid Test Certificate for COVID-19 for Passengers Traveling from Belgium to China issued by the Embassy of China in Belgium on 14 August 2020, starting from Monday, 24 August 2020, Chinese and foreign passengers traveling from or transferring via Belgium to China must take nucleic acid test for COVID-19 and apply for a green health code with an "HS" mark (Chinese nationals) or a Health Declaration Form (foreign nationals). The Embassy of China in Belgium kindly reminds the Chinese and foreign passengers to leave enough time in your itinerary for the nucleic acid test, and ensure that the Green Code/ the Health Declaration Form is valid at the boarding time, to avoid encountering any problems and being stranded at the airport. The following Q&As are for your reference:
1.When should I take the test?
The COVID-19 negative test certificate should be issued within 3 days before the departure date of the flight bound for China. For example, if the sample is taken on 1 September 2020, and the negative test certificate is issued on 3 September 2020, your flight's departure date should be before 6 September 2020.
2. Do I need to take the test at hospitals or institutes designated by the Embassy of China in Belgium?
At this stage, the Embassy of China in Belgium has not designated specific institutions. Passengers is free to choose on their own as long as the institute or hospital of their choice is registered in Belgium and is qualified for performing the test.
As the Embassy of China in Belgium does not have the means to certify COVID-19 certificates issued by institutions located outside of Belgium, passengers departing from countries other than Belgium is asked to apply for the Health Declaration Form from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the country where the institution is based.
3.Should the COVID-19 certificate be in English?
The Embassy of China in Belgium accepts COVID-19 negative certificates in English/French/Dutch.
4.Can I take an anti-body test instead of nucleic acid test for COVID-19 ?
No. Only the negative nucleic acid test certificate for COVID-19 will be accepted.
5.Does a child need to take the test?
Child under 3 years old (including 3 years old) does not need to take the test if he or she is to fly to China on a direct flight from Belgium and his or her accompanying parent(s) meet(s) the requirement of boarding. If he or she is transferring via Belgium to China, please refer to the relevant policy of the Embassy or Consulate of China in their residence country.
6.How long does it take for the Embassy of China in Belgium to certify a Health Declaration Form?
Generally, the Embassy of China in Belgium will certify a Health Declaration Form within 24 hours after receiving it.
7.Do I need to bring a printout of the test report when boarding?
Passengers are advised to bring the COVID-19 negative certificates to the airport in case of the need for further inspection.
8.Do I need a certified Health Declaration Form if I fly to China via Belgium?
Yes. A certified Health Declaration Form is required. Passengers transitting via Belgium to China need to apply for the Health Declaration Form from the Embassy or Consulate of China in the country where their trip to China starts. One has to make sure that the Form is still valid when boarding the flight in Belgium. Passengers without the Green Code or the Health Declaration Form will not be allowed to board.
9.Do I need to be quarantined when I arrive in China if I have the Health Declaration Form?
Yes. Health Declaration Form is the requirement for boarding. For quarantine requirement, please visit the website of the government of the entry city or province of China for further details.
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of Belgium
August 21th 2020