Factbox countries require COVID testing for travelers from China

LOCATIONS IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS

UNITED STATES

The United States has imposed mandatory COVID-19 tests on travelers from China as of January 5. All air passengers aged two years and older must have a negative test result no later than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said U.S. citizens should reconsider travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.

EU

EU officials recommended on Wednesday that passengers flying from China to the EU must have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding. They also suggested that all passengers on flights to and from China wear face masks, that EU governments carry out random testing of passengers arriving from China, and that they test and monitor waste water at airports with international flights and aircraft arriving from China .

CYPRUS

From January 15, negative COVID-19 tests will be required for people traveling by air from China to Cyprus, the island’s health ministry said.

LATVIA

All travelers using international flights to and from China are advised to wear medical masks during the flight; International travelers arriving from or traveling to China are advised to follow strict hygiene and health measures, according to the Baltic News Network.

GERMANY

Germany is working to introduce new entry rules for travelers from China as soon as possible, but it is not possible to say when the first flight will be affected, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said on Thursday.

GREECE

Air travelers from China to Greece must prove they have tested negative for COVID-19 48 hours before arrival, a new requirement that will be announced soon, two government officials said Thursday.

SWEDEN

Sweden requires travelers from China to prove they have tested negative for COVID before being allowed to enter the country, the government said.

UNITED KINGDOM

The United Kingdom will require a negative COVID-19 test for passengers from China from January 5, the Department of Health said on Friday.

FRANCE

France requires travelers from China to show a negative COVID test less than 48 hours before departure.

From January 1, France will conduct random PCR COVID tests on travelers from China upon arrival, an official told reporters.

France has called on all 26 other EU member states to test Chinese travelers for COVID.

AUSTRALIA

Travelers from China to Australia must present a negative COVID-19 test from January 5, Australian Health Minister Mark Butler said.

INDIA

The country has mandated a COVID-19 negative test report for travelers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand. Passengers from these countries will be quarantined if they show symptoms or test positive.

CANADA

Air travelers from China to Canada must test negative for COVID-19 no later than two days before departure, Ottawa said.

JAPAN

The country will require a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours for passengers boarding direct flights from China, the prime minister said on January 4. This is in addition to an existing regulation that requires passengers who have been in China in the seven days prior to their flight to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Japan. Those who test positive must be quarantined for seven days.

ITALY

Italy has ordered COVID-19 antigen inoculations and virus sequencing for all travelers from China. Milan’s main airport, Malpensa, has already started testing passengers arriving from Beijing and Shanghai.

SPAIN

Spain requires a negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination against the disease upon arrival for travelers from China.

MALAYSIA

Malaysia will screen all incoming travelers for fever and test the sewage from planes arriving from China for COVID-19.

TAIWAN

Taiwan’s central epidemic center started this month requiring all passengers from China to undergo a PCR test upon arrival.

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea will require travelers from China, Macau and Hong Kong to take a negative COVID test before departure, health officials said.

MOROCCO

Morocco will impose a ban on people coming from China from January 3rd, regardless of their nationality.

QATAR

Qatar requires travelers arriving from China from January 3 to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of departure, state news agency QNA said.

BELGIUM

Belgium will test sewage from planes arriving from China for new COVID variants as part of new measures against the spread of the corona virus, the government announced last Monday.

ISRAEL

Aryeh Deri, the newly appointed health minister, announced new COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers from China, joining other countries in imposing restrictions due to a surge of infections, according to the Times of Israel.

THE NETHERLANDS

The Netherlands will require travelers from China to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to enter the country, the Dutch government said on Friday. The requirement will be introduced from Tuesday.

PORTUGAL

Portugal requires air travelers from China to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed no later than two days before departure.

The requirement came into force on Sunday, and Portugal said passengers from China could be randomly tested on Saturday “for genome sequencing of the circulating variants to contribute to an appropriate assessment of the epidemiological situation”.

THAILAND

Thailand on Monday withdrew measures announced a day earlier by the country’s civil aviation authority that would require international travelers to show proof of full COVID vaccination or proof of recovery from the virus before flying to the country.

The health minister said on Monday that proof of vaccination was not necessary because there was sufficient immunization worldwide, while unvaccinated people would have unlimited access.

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PHILLIPINES

The Philippines considers it necessary to step up the monitoring and enforcement of border controls for people entering, especially from China, Manila’s health department said.

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