Covid-19: Entry Requirements for Travellers to China
All passengers, including Chinese nationals and passengers under the Singapore-China Fast Lane arrangements, departing Singapore for Mainland China must undergo a nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body test within two days before boarding. Details of the list of clinics where customers may undertake the tests may be found here. There is no need to apply for approval from the Singapore government to undertake the pre-departure Covid-19 PCR tests. Chinese passengers must also apply for a green “HS” health code, while non-Chinese nationals must apply for a green health declaration code with the “HDC” mark from the Chinese embassy.
The negative certificates of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body test must indicate the doctors’ signatures or the seal from the medical institutions. For certificates without the doctors’ signatures or seal, the laboratory reports must be presented to apply for the green “HS” health code or the green “HDC” health declaration code. More details can be found here.
Only IgM anti-body tests carried out using the venous blood method (not fingertip blood method) will be accepted for the approval of the green “HS” health code or the green “HDC” health declaration code. If the laboratory report is presented to apply for the green health codes, the report should also indicate the IgM anti-body test conducted using the venous blood method. A sample of the IgM anti-body test certificate can be found here.
A new version of the standardized test certificate, which combines the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body test results into a single certificate, will also be accepted for the approval of the green “HS” health code or the green “HDC” health declaration code. A sample of the new standardized test certificate can be found here.
Please note that passengers travelling from Singapore to China will not be allowed to board the planes directly with just the standardised negative test certificates. These test certificates must be presented along with the green “HS” health code or the green “HDC” health declaration code during check-in.
Application Process for Green Health Codes
Non-Chinese nationals are required to submit a health declaration via the webpage-based Health Declaration Certificate system, and upload the negative certificates of their nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests together or the new two-in-one standardized test certificate, with a valid passport biodata page. Once approved by the Chinese embassy in Singapore, passengers will receive the green “HDC” health declaration code which must be presented, within its validity period, during check-in at the airport.
Chinese Nationals and Holders of Travel Permits to Mainland China
Chinese nationals and holders of Travel Permits to Mainland China (including those from Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Taiwan, China) are required to declare their health conditions via the international version of the WeChat epidemic prevention health code. They will need to upload the negative certificates of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests together or the new two-in-one standardized test certificate, with other relevant documents. Once approved by the Chinese embassy in Singapore, the passenger will receive a green “HS” health code which must be presented, within its validity period, during check-in at the airport.
Advisory for transit passengers
From 25 February 2021, the Chinese Embassy in Singapore will no longer issue green health codes to transit passengers entering Mainland China. This also applies to passengers who enter Singapore with onward travel plans to Mainland China, with the exception of passengers from countries/regions that have no direct flights to Mainland China. This includes those who transfer to China or third countries or regions after entering Singapore. Where available, passengers should take direct flights rather than connecting flights to China.
For travellers who are departing from a country that does not have a direct flight to China and are entering Singapore with the intent to travel onwards to Mainland China, please adhere to all the following requirements:
Two days before departing to Singapore
- Take a Covid-19 nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body test (venous blood method) at the country of original departure.
- Apply for the green “HS” health code or the green “HDC” health declaration code at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate at the country of original departure.
- Ensure that you meet the relevant entry requirements to enter Singapore.
Two days before departing Singapore for Mainland China
- Take a Covid-19 nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body test (venous blood method) in Singapore.
- Apply for the green “HS” health code or the green “HDC” health declaration code at the Chinese Embassy in Singapore.
Travellers who fail to obtain the health code or certified health declaration code at the country of their original departure will not be issued the required health code by the Chinese Embassy in Singapore.
Without the health code, travellers will not be able to travel to Mainland China. Please click here for more information from the Chinese Embassy in Singapore.
Requirements for travellers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19
Travellers who have received the Covid-19 vaccination must upload their vaccination certificate (including details such as name, name and manufacturer of the vaccine taken, date of vaccination, and issuance institution), negative certificate of their nucleic acid test and the IgM anti-body test memo. Once approved by the Chinese embassy in Singapore, the traveller will receive either a green “HS” health code or the green “HDC” health declaration code depending on the travel document, which must be presented within its validity period during check-in at the airport. More information from the Chinese Embassy in Singapore can be found here.
Singapore-China Fast Lane Arrangements
More details on the Fast Lane arrangement can be found at this link. Please note that the Chinese Embassy will no longer issue the Letter of Assistance for the Covid-19 PCR test to travellers under the Fast Lane arrangement. Travellers may visit any recognised clinic to undertake the test.
More details about the Covid-19 nucleic acid test requirement and health declaration form can be found at this link.
Further details about the entry requirements for China can be found at this link.
First posted on 26 August 2020, 2115hrs (GMT+8)
Last updated on 26 February 2021, 1830hrs (GMT+8)