New Zealand has seen a sharp increase in daily COVID-19 cases lately, and multiple imported cases reported are related with passengers travelling from New Zealand to China. To ensure the health and safety of passengers to China, and to reduce the risk to trigger the flight circuit-breaker mechanism, effective starting from 0:00, 14 March 2022, the following additional requirements will be added for the pre-departure COVID test and health monitoring:
1. Infants under the age of 2 years old will now require to apply for the Health code (Health Declaration Form) by providing one negative PCR test report two days before boarding flights to China with other required documents. The application can be made through an accompanying legal guardian.
2. Passengers are required to do a consecutive 7-day personal health monitoring and complete the Declaration of Commitment on COVID-19 Close-Loop Management and Personal Health Monitoring (refer to the appendix) before the trip. Please order your Rapid antigen test (RAT) kit from community testing sites, GPs, pharmacies, supermarkets and authroised retailers, and ensure you have a negative RAT test result before initiating the procedure of self-monitoring, the starting date is 8 days prior to your flight. You should record your body temperature daily until the day before your flight (for example, passengers flying to China on 14 March, should start the self-monitoring from 7 March until 13 March). You do not have to upload the form when applying for the health code, however, please print it out and sign (for a minor, it must be signed by an accompanying legal guardian), hand it to the airliners for check and future reference when boarding. You may be declined to board the flight if you failed to cooperate or not meet the requirement.
3. Most of the imported cases were due to neglect or insufficient protection before or after pre-departure tests, while dining out, staying at hotels, sightseeing and shopping, taking public transportation, and using public toilet facilities. We strongly suggest to avoid any non-emergency, non-essential travel. If you must travel to China, we strongly encourage you to enter a close-loop isolation prior to your trip and have sufficient personal protection during the flight, and fully aware of the seriousness of becoming infected.
4. Ensure all documents provided are genuine when apply for the health code, and according to Law of the People's Republic of China on Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases and Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China, one may be prosecuted if he/she fails to make declaration or falsify test report which causes serious consequences.
For more details, please refer to the Q&As on Applying for Health Code or Health Declaration Form (March 2022).
Appendix: Declaration of Commitment on COVID-19 Close-Loop Management and Personal Health Monitoring
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in New Zealand
Chinese Consulate-General in Auckland
Chinese Consulate-General in Christchurch