Notice on Requirements for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results for China-bound Passengers
(Updated on 16th November, 2020)
2020/11/17

The important update: According to the Chinese Embassy’s notice on 3rd November 2020, starting from 8th November 2020, all Chinese and foreign passengers who are to fly from Botswana to China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests within 48 hours before boarding the flight.

 

From 20th November 2020, foreign passengers must get the green Code of Health Declaration Form via online application, while the application for stamped Health Declaration Form via email shall not be accepted by the Chinese Embassy in Botswana. The specific requirements have now been updated as follows:

 

I. Test Requirements

1) Passengers going to China via connecting flights must first take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in Botswana within 48 hours (calculated from the date of sample collection instead of the date of result, same below) before boarding their flight to the transit country, and then take both tests again in the transit country within 48 hours before boarding the direct flight to China. Passengers must apply at the Chinese embassies/consulates in both Botswana and transit country for green Health Code with the "HS" mark or Green Code of Health Declaration Form with "HDC" mark with certificates of negative results of both tests.

2) In addition to the previously designated National Health Laboratory and medical institutions for nucleic acid tests, Diagnofirm Medical Laboratories(Tel:00267-3950007)is currently identified by the Ministry of Health and Wellness of Botswana and the Chinese Embassy in Botswana for both nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests. Change of designated institutions will be updated timely.

 

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

Chinese passengers must use mobile phone to upload to the WeChat Health Code App the photos of their negative certificates of nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page, which will be examined and verified by the concerned Chinese embassy/consulates. Then they will get the green Health Code with 'HS' mark (Code sample in Attachment1). Please make sure to board the flight within the validity period of the green Health Code and cooperate with the staff of the airlines who checks the green Health Code.

 

QR Code for WeChat Mini Program COVID-19 Prevention Health Code

 

III. Foreign Passengers Applying for a Green Code of Health Declaration Form with the 'HDC' mark

Foreign passengers should log in the application program at https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/ or scan the following QR code, and upload photos of their COVID-19 negative certificates of both nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with passport information page to the program, which will be examined and verified by the concerned Chinese embassy/consulates. Then they will get the green Code of Health Declaration Form with 'HDC' mark (Code sample in Attachment2). Please make sure to board the flight within the validity period of the green Code of Health Declaration Form and cooperate with the staff of the airlines who checks the green Health Code.

 

QR Code for Application Program

 

IV. Reminders

1) All passengers intending to fly to China are required to read through this notice carefully and abide by it accordingly. If you could not complete the COVID-19 nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and get the negative results in time, or fail to obtain the green Health Code with "HS" mark or the green Code of Health Declaration Form with 'HDC' mark, it means that currently you do not yet meet the relevant requirements for boarding. In such case, you have to reschedule your itinerary.

2) If you must go to China via connecting flights, please check the transit country's entry regulations and its COVID-19 nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests requirements beforehand. Failure to enter the transit country or meet the requirements regarding the tests could result in being stranded and heightened infection risks.

3) Airlines may require you to present the original certificates of your nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests to verify your green Health Code or Health Declaration Form. Therefore, please always remember to carry the original certificates with you.

4) Should you provide any false information or certificate, you may encounter setbacks in your journey, and may be held accountable and liable legally.

 

Chinese Embassy in Botswana

 

 

Attachment1: Sample green Health Code with 'HS' mark ( For Chinese Passengers)

 

 

Attachment2: Sample green Code of Health Declaration Form with 'HDC' mark (For Foreign Passengers)

 

 

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