[CHINA TRAVEL UPDATE] Chinese Embassy in the Philippines Notice on Requiring China-bound Passengers to Obtain COVID-19 Negative as of October 2, 2020

Memo from the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines As of October 2, 2020 

In accordance with the joint announcement of the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, and the updated requirements, starting from 5 September 2020, Chinese and foreign travelers who are to fly from the Philippines to China are required to take nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 within 3 days before boarding and only those who test negative will be allowed to board the plane. 


All China-bound foreign passengers shall obtain the Certified Health Declaration Form from the Chinese Embassy or Consulates. In accordance with the latest requirement, starting from 7th October, 2020, the 3-day validity period of the Certified Health Declaration Form will be calculated from the Date Collected/Date of Collection (instead of the issuing date) on the Nucleic Acid Test Certificate issued by the designated institutions. 


The procedures for China-bound foreign passengers to obtain the Certified Health Declaration Form remain the same as the following: 

1.All foreign passengers inbound China by flights from Philippine airports shall be required to take nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 conducted by designated institutions (Please see http://ph.china-embassy.org/chn/lsfw/t1802803.htm) and get Nucleic Acid Test Certificates with negative result within 3 days prior to boarding flights. 


2. Passengers shall fill in and sign the Health Declaration Form (please download from the website: http://ph.china-embassy.org/chn/lsfw/t1802803.htm) and are required to send scanned copy of the signed Forms, together with the Nucleic Acid Test Certificates and the photocopies of the front-page of passports to the Chinese Embassy or Consulates (according to the location of the testing institutions) by email: 

Chinese Embassy: phlhsjc@outlook.com 

Consulate-General in Cebu: consulatecebu@gmail.com 

Consulate in Laoag: chineseconsulatelaoag@gmail.com 

Consulate-General in Davao: consulategeneralchina@gmail.com  


3. Certified Health Declaration Forms with a validity period of 3 days (starting from the Collected date/Date of Collection of the Nucleic Acid Test Certificates from the designated institutions) shall be issued by the Chinese Embassy or the Consulates and sent back to the applicants by email. Please be noted that it shall take at least 1 working day for the verification by the Chinese Embassy or the Consulates. 


4.Passengers shall be required to present the print-out certified Health Declaration Form within the validity period during check-in or before boarding flight and cooperate with airlines for further checking. Please be noted that passengers with expired Health Declaration Forms won't be allowed to board and are required to conduct new Nucleic Acid Tests as well as applying for new Health Declaration Forms. 


5. All passengers inbound China from Philippine airports shall follow relative laws and regulations and provide genuine and effective Nucleic Acid Test Certificates. Passengers who provide false certificates or information shall bear corresponding legal liabilities. 


6. For foreign passengers ultimately bound for China who transfer via other countries that require valid Health Declaration Forms for boarding (please see https://hr.cs.mfa.gov.cn/help_two/help-two/gj.html, select ENGLISH version on top right of the page) will also be required to show Health Declaration Forms during transfer. Please make sure that the Forms will be still valid when boarding the connecting flights. 


7. Please be noted that a certified Health Declaration Form is NOT a Chinese visa. For visa queries, please contact phchinaembassy@hotmail.com. 

Reference:  Chinese Embassy in the Philippine  





  • With the continual spread of the coronavirus or COVID19, it is better to stay vigilant and follow these simple ways to prevent yourself from getting the disease. 
  • Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol with at least 70% solution. 
  • Sneeze and cough into tissues or the crook of your elbow. If you get mucus or spit on your skin, clean it off right away. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever. 
  • Stay home when you're sick. 
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces, such as countertops and doorknobs, with a disinfectant.  
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and practice distancing yourself.   
  • For healthy people wear a mask only if you are caring for someone who is sick or a person with suspected COVID-19 infection. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for the caregivers. 
  • If you choose to wear a facemask make sure it is covering your mouth and nose and leave no gaps between your face and the mask.  


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