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Last updated: 4 October 2021, 10:59 (GMT +4)

Departures from Dubai

If you are travelling to China, you are required to take a double COVID?19 PCR test and antibody blood IgM test before departure. Furthermore, a 14 day self-quarantine will be required before departure of the flight.

Effective 7 August 2021, all passengers except children below the age of 1 must report to the check-in counter at Dubai International airport at least 5 hours prior to the scheduled departure time and take an additional rapid antigen test. Read the process for antigen testing for more information.

Please check the requirements below for the forms and documents you need to submit for entry.

COVID?19 testing requirements

Click link  for updated travel requirements to China from UAE - Link to Chinese Consulate web page. Refer to “Important notice” under home page.

Passenger has to apply for green health code with the “HS” logo or health status statement.

Check-in requirements

Transit passengers

  • Transiting to China via UAE on Emirates is not allowed.
  • Transiting to China via a third country on Emirates to other airlines is not allowed. Passengers must break their journey at the last port of entry into China.
  • Transiting to China via UAE on other airlines to Emirates is not allowed.

Through check-in and tagging of bags from point of origin to any destination in China is not allowed. Passengers have to break their journey at each transit point.

The Chinese embassy in the UAE will in principle no longer accept applications for health codes and health status declarations for passengers transiting to China via a third country after November 18, 2020.

Joining passengers from Dubai

  • Chinese national:
    • Only those who present Green Health QR codes with an “HS” mark issued by Chinese Embassy or Consulate in UAE are allowed to check-in/board. Refer “Important notice” in the link for latest updated information - Link to Chinese Consulate
    • All passengers must upload negative tests result through Wechat Health Code Program within 24 hours after certificates are issued.
  • Foreign national:
    • Only those who present Green Health QR code with an “HDC” mark issued by Chinese Embassy  or Consulate in UAE are allowed to check in/board. Refer “Important notice” in the link for latest updated information - Link to Chinese Consulate
    • The HS/ CHD (Certified Health Declaration Form) issued by Chinese Consulate in UAE within its validity period must be presented to the airline official before check-in.

Customs Requirements:

All passengers (Chinese & Foreign Nationals) must complete the China Customs Health Declaration via the China Customs app, WeChat app or online as applicable. At check in, passenger must present the QR code as proof that they have submitted the personal health declaration form. Printed forms will not be accepted.

QR Code

Customs Health Declaration QR code is valid for 24 hours before arrival in China.

  • Seat number is mandatory and to be filled in Customs Health Declaration form after check-in.
  • New QR code to be presented at boarding gate after seat number is updated in Customs Health Declaration form

Required apps

Chinese national: WeChat/ Customs declaration app

Foreign national: Customs declaration app or website

Quarantine 

All passengers arriving in Guangzhou must undergo a Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) and a 14-day quarantine in designated facilities for medical observation at the passenger’s own expense. This will be followed by additional 7 days of mandatory home quarantine.

Visa exemptions

  • Foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid effective from 00:00 local time, 28 March 2020, including APEC Business Travel Cards, are temporarily suspended entry into mainland China.
  • Effective 28 September 2020, passengers with a residence permit issued by China (People s Rep.) with the purpose “work”, “personal matters” and “reunion” are allowed to enter.
  • Residence Permits issued for “students” and “journalists” are not allowed to enter.
  • The following visa policies are suspended as well: 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy, Hainan 30-day visa-free policy, 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise/group tours through Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries.
  • Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected.
  • Entry by foreign nationals with visas/resident permits issued after 00:00 GMT 27 March 2020 will not be affected.
  • Foreign nationals with permanent residence cards (ZHONG GUO LV KA or China Green Cards) will not be affected.
  • Foreign nationals under the List of Agreements on Mutual Visa Exemption between the People’s Republic of China and Foreign Countries will not be affected.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.