Notice of Requirements on Nucleic Acid Tests for China-bound Passengers Transferring via Other Countries

Joint Announcement of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the General Administration of Customs of China and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Requiring China-bound Passengers to Obtain COVID-19 Negative Certificates Before Boarding (hereafter Announcement) was issued on 20 July 2020. The Chinese Embassy in the Republic of Estonia is making preparations for the implementation of the Announcement. The detailed information will be made available in due time through the official website ( of the Embassy. We remind all passengers of the following information:

1. All China-bound passengers are not required to obtain COVID-19 negative certificates before boarding if they are transferring via countries in which the Announcement has not been officially implemented.

2. China-bound Passengers traveling from Estonia are required to take nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 in Estonia and obtain valid green health codes with an "HS" mark (for Chinese nationals) or Health Declaration Forms (for foreign nationals) before boarding if they are transferring via countries (Click here for the list: in which the Announcement has been officially implemented. Airlines will check the health codes or Health Declaration Forms before passengers boarding the connecting flights to China. The health codes or Health Declaration Forms have to be obtained before travel and remain within their validity period during transfer. Passengers failed to do so may be denied boarding and get stranded. The following procedures are for your reference:

2.1. Nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 have to be taken in local medical institutions or laboratories as SYNLAB Eesti OÜ in Estonia 5 days before boarding the connecting flights.

2.2 .Chinese passengers are required to upload photos of their COVID-19 negative certificates to the Wechat mini program COVID-19 Prevention Health Code International Version within 24 hours after they get the certificates. Green health codes with an "HS" mark will be issued by the Embassy after approval. More information can be obtained through Q & As in the link ( Making sure to transfer and board within the validity period and cooperate the airlines' checking.

2.3. Foreign passengers are required to send scanned copies of the photo page of their valid passports, COVID-19 negative certificates and the Health Declaration Forms (see attachment) with passengers' signatures to via e-mail. Passengers' names, passport number, flight number and itinerary have to be stated clearly in the e-mail as well. The Embassy will send the Health Declaration Form with official seal after approval back to the passengers to print and take to the airport for checking by relevant airlines before boarding.

Attachment : 1. Health Declaration Form

2. Translation of Announcement

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