In accordance with the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic and to facilitate people-to-people exchange, starting from 1 March 2023 (local time), Rapid Antigen Test (RAT, including RAT home testing kit) result will be accepted for air passengers flying directly from New Zealand to China instead of PCR test. The Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in New Zealand have updated its Guide on Epidemic Prevention and Control Measures for China-bound Travelers. In order to avoid any travel delays and disruptions, we recommend that all travelers to read and follow the instructions on the guidance carefully.
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in New Zealand
Chinese Consulate-General in Auckland
Chinese Consulate-General in Christchurch
Guide on Epidemic Prevention and Control Measures for China-bound Travelers
1. Pre departure test
COVID-19 PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) are required within 48 hours before boarding China-bound flights. Please only travel to China with a negative test result. If you received a positive test result, you should only travel to China when you tested negative against COVID-19.
2. Health declaration to China Customs
You are required to declare your negative test result to China Customs by filling the Health Declaration Form on the WeChat mini-program of China Customs (scan the QR code below), or at https://htdecl.chinaport.gov.cn , or via the China Customs APP.
3. Airline companies will no longer check the negative PCR or RAT test results.
4. Self-protection on the Aircraft
You are cordially recommended to wear a mask throughout the flight and take good personal protection to reduce the risk of infection.
5. Inspection upon Entry
You can go through customs with your health declaration result, and China Customs may conduct random sampling inspections according to a certain proportion.
If there are anomalies in your health declaration or you are showing symptoms such as fever, you are required to take a test by China Customs. Those whose results are positive will need to self-quarantine or seek medical treatment as notified by the authority. Those whose results are negative will go through routine quarantine inspection by China Customs in accordance with the Frontier Health and Quarantine Law and other laws and regulations.
6. After-entry Epidemic Prevention and Control
After entry into China, you will have to strictly abide by the epidemic prevention and control requirements where you stay.