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Notice on Airline Boarding Requirements for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results
2020/11/01

In order to reduce cross-border transmission of Covid-19, starting from November 5, 2020 (aforementioned date included), all Chinese and foreign passengers who are to fly from Egypt to China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests, and then apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with both above negative test certificates (i.e. Double Negative Certificates). The specific requirements are as follows:

I. Test Requirements

Passengers going to China via direct flights from Egypt must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests respectively within 48 hours before boarding (effective as the sample collection time). They must take the tests at a medical institution designated or recognized by the Chinese Embassy in Egypt (attached herewith). If both the nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body test results are negative, they can then apply at the Chinese Embassy in Egypt for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with certificates of negative results of both tests. (Note: IgM anti-body test sample must be from the arm vein blood. Finger blood test result is NOT accepted.)

Passengers from Egypt going to China via connecting flights must take the FIRST nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in Egypt, and the SECOND nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests should be made in the transit country, and they shall apply to the Chinese Embassies in both Egypt and the transit country (direct flight to China) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms.

The first tests must be made at the designated or recognized institutions by the Chinese Embassy in Egypt and be completed in 48 hours before the departure time (started from the sample collection time), including sample collection, nucleic acid and IgM tests (from arm vein blood), and the issue of negative test results.

The second tests must be made in the transit country (direct flight for China), and must be completed in 48 hours before the departure time (started from the sample collection time), including sample collection, nucleic acid and IgM tests (from arm vein blood), and the issue of negative test results.

II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark

Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app photos of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will then be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy in Egypt. Then they will obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark. The Airlines running direct flights to China will check the passenger's HS mark by Chinese Embassy in Egypt before boarding. Passengers must board within the HS mark validity period and cooperate with the airlines. Please prepare the following for airport and airline inspection: the printed negative nucleic acid test certificate printed negative IgM anti-body test certificate.

III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Status Declaration Form

When they have the Double Negative Certificates, foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests certificates along with their passport information page, and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy in Egypt's email-box (consulate_egy@mfa.gov.cn). The Chinese Embassy in Egypt will then examine and verify the above information and email the stamped certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and bring the form with them to the airport. The Airlines will check the certified health declaration form issued by the Chinese Embassy before boarding. Passengers must board the flight within the Form validity period and cooperate for the Airlines inspection. Please take along the printed nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body certificates for inspection by the airport and Airlines.

IV. Reminder:

Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests certificates, and failure to have the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form will mean that you do not qualify for boarding the flight  to China and thus you will have to change your itinerary.

Presently the Cairo Airport does not have the capacity to do the rapid tests. The Chinese in the third country and foreign passengers are suggested to be cautious to take Egypt transit to China, in case the second tests could not be arranged in due time and passengers are stranded at airport, which increases their risk of infection. Pandemic in Egypt is still serious, and the international organizations and Egyptian experts state that there is a high percentage of minor and asymptomatic infection of Covid-19. The Chinese citizens in the third country and foreigners travelling to China are suggested to be cautious of the risk of infection when they come to Egypt and take the second tests. Passengers departing from a third country and transiting to China via Egypt, in addition to their first nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body test at the place of departure, must undergo a second nucleic acid test and IgM anti-body test in Egypt. Passengers with Double-negative Test Reports within 48 hours before the flight, shall apply to the Chinese Embassy in Egypt for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding.

The Chinese citizens in Egypt and foreign passengers should be cautious to select transit stop to China, in case of being unable to enter the transit country to take the tests, or not qualifying for the HS code or certified health certificate, which would result the unwanted stay in the transit state, and an increased risk of infection. If they decide to take transit flights to China, they should know in advance about the requirement of the validity of "Double Negative Certificates" of nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests, the recognized or designated test institutions by the Chinese Embassy in the transit country, and they should be aware of the entry regulations of the transit country and its requirement on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests. If the transit airport does not have the rapid test capacity, passengers should obtain the visa of the transit country for the second tests in advance.

The Chinese Embassy reminds the passengers to declare their personal information according to the truth. To provide real and effective nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests certificates. Those who conceal their Covid-19 infection, or alter or forge nucleic acid and IgM anti-body test certificates, will be pursued on their legal responsibility afterwards according to the law.

 

  List of Medical Institutions Designated or Recognized

 by the Chinese Embassy in Egypt

 

1. Center of Genomic Medicine, Cairo University Hospital-Qasr AlAini Hospital

(1) Address:30°01'51.1"N 31°13'38.9"E

(2)Business hours:09:00am-12:00am, Every Sunday to Wednesday

2. Supreme Council of University Hospitals Reference Lab of University Hospitals

(1) Address:30°04'33.7"N 31°17'28.8"E

(2)Booking Line:  01129040488/01111504441

3. Om ElNor Hospital

(1) Address:6th Floor, No.24&26, Shams ElDin Golden St. Heliopolis

(2)Booking Line:01099996998/01099110058/01101639999

4. Clinical pathology laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University

(1) Address:Groud Floor of Clinical Pathology Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine of Alexandria University, Alkhartoom Square Alazarita, Champollion Street, Alexandria

(2)Booking Line:

Mr. Mahmoud Saleh 01224054731

Mr. Wael Amara 01227610152

5.Central Public Health Laboratories

(1) Address:19 El-Shaikh Rihan, Ad Dawawin, Abdeen, Cairo Governorate

       (2)Business hours: 08:00am-15:30pm, Everyday 
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