COVID RT-PCR for travel to China

July 5, 2022

On July 1st, 2022 the Chinese Embassy issued updated COVID-19 travel requirements for entering the country. China is now issuing “health codes”, which certifies that a traveler has undergone two PCR tests (with negative results) with two different CLIA certified labs within 48 hours of boarding their flight to China. ResourcePath is a CLIA certified laboratory that offers Same Day, 24 Hour, and 48 Hour turnaround times. When booking a flight to China, rest easy knowing that ResourcePath can offer you a nucleic acid/PCR test to help with obtaining your Green Health Code for travel to China. To book your RT-PCR Test for International Travel, click here.

The full version of the updated requirements is provided at the following link here.

We have also transcribed the requirements from the official Chinese Embassy Site below: 

Starting from July 1, 2022, the Chinese Embassy will issue a health code according to requirements on this notice.

1. Passengers traveling to China must get their nucleic acid test (PCR) results from two different CLIA certified laboratories using two different reagents, then apply for a health code from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General (based on the latest consular jurisdiction of nucleic acid test laboratories), travel before it expires and you must be prepared for checking by the airlines before boarding.

2.Foreign passengers can apply for health code at 

  1. Nucleic acid samples can be collected and tested at any legal laboratory institution with CLIA certification in the U.S. The test reports should contain specific information such as: name, passport number, date of birth, date of collection, date of report and the contact information of the testing institution. The Embassy will contact the issuing agency to verify the authenticity of all the submitted reports and certificates. If any of them cannot be verified, or if it contains false information, or is deemed altered or forged, the health code will not be issued.

4. Test requirements before your departure:

(1)Within 48 hours before departure, take two nucleic acid tests with different test reagents at two different laboratories. There must be an interval of over 24 hours between samplings. (e.g. If the flight departs on July 10, the first sampling time can be on July 8, and the second time can be on July 9.)

5. The following documents are to be uploaded for health code application:    

(1) Nucleic acid test results from two different CLIA certified laboratories using two different reagents.

(2) Flight itinerary.

(3) Passport, Chinese visa or resident permit.

(4) If you have infection history / are a close contact / show symptoms, please upload supplementary documents according to the requirements below.

  1. Passengers will receive a “green code” when all their test results are verified. Before boarding, passengers will be required to present their “green code”.

7.Passengers with infection history:

(1) If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID 19 on the nucleic acid test, you are considered as having an infection history.

(2) You can apply for a health code if you meet the following requirements:

– Take two nucleic acid tests with a sampling interval of over 24 hours in two different CLIA certified laboratories in the U.S., and both tests return negative results.

– Take a self-quarantine for at least 2 weeks and record your daily body temperature and health conditions after the second nucleic acid test. If you develop any symptoms such as fever, cough, diarrhea during the self-quarantine, take another nucleic acid test. If the result is negative, start a 2 week quarantine again. If the result is positive, you will need to wait until you recover and redo the whole process.

– After completing the above procedures, follow this notice to perform tests within 48 hours before boarding. To apply for a health code, two additional nucleic acid negative test reports are required.

  1. Close contacts/showing symptoms

(1) Passengers who have had unprotected contact with confirmed, suspected or asymptomatic cases are considered as close contacts. Passengers with an positive antigen result are considered as close contacts as well.

(2) Close contacts or passengers showing suspected symptoms are expected to self-quarantine for at least 5 days. If your health is not abnormal at all, follow this notice to perform tests within 48 hours before boarding.

  1. About transit

The Embassy will issue a health code for both passengers who fly from the U.S. to China via a third country (region) and those who fly from a third country to China transiting in the U.S.

10. Do babies and toddlers need to be tested?

Babies and toddlers under the age of 3 do not need to be tested or apply for a health code.

11. Am I sure to get the health code if I apply as required?

No. To ensure the health and safety of international travel and reduce the risk of cross-border transmission of COVID-19, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates General will decide based on a comprehensive review. Please plan your trip accordingly.

  1. In the event of any inconsistency between the previously released information and this notice, this notice shall prevail.