From April 1st, for the direct flights from the United States to China, the original report of the antigen test will be needed before passengers boarding, and the health code will continue to be checked. This antigen testing arrangement for the direct flights to China has been announced by the Chinese embassy in the United States, New York,San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago from their respective consulate.
The Chinese embassy and consulate general in the United States are responsible for the approval of the health code of Chinese and foreign nationals according to their departure place of the flight in the respective belonging jurisdictions .
▲Dallas Direct Flight to China: Approved by the Chinese Embassy in the United States
▲Detroit direct flight to China: Approved by the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago
▲Seattle direct flight to China: Approved by the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco
▲San Francisco Direct flight to China: Approved by the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco
▲Los Angeles Direct flight to China: Approved by the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles
▲New York Direct flight to China: Approved by the Chinese Consulate General in New York
As the Chinese Consulate General in Houston is still closed, the health code application for flights departing from Dallas within the Houston area will be processed by the Chinese Embassy in Washington.
Elite Stage has organized the latest US boarding procedures to China as follows. For regular applications, please follow the “US Boarding Procedures to China ①”.
Those who have been diagnosed with the disease, or who have not been diagnosed but have any positive test results, must follow the “U.S. Boarding Procedures for China to China ②”.
Q1: Which testing institutions are the authorized institutions? Is the report of testing at a non-authorized testing agency valid?
At present, the Chinese embassy and consulate general in the United States have 1-3 authorized testing institutions in each of the six cities of Detroit, Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York for all direct flights to China. Please check the official website for the specific list, which may be updated in real time.
There is only one authorized testing facility currently, Great Lakes Medical Laboratory, in Detroit, but a new testing facility will be added on March 25: BioGenetics Diagnostics.
All tests, including antigen tests, must be carried out in authorized testing institutions to be effective, and reports from non-testing institutions will not be recognized.
Q2: How long should the newly added antigen test be carried out before boarding? Does the antigen test need to be submitted to the embassy or consulate for review?
The newly added antigen test is required to be done in Seattle and Detroit on the same day; Dallas and San Francisco require antigen test in the afternoon of the day before takeoff; New York requires afternoon flights to be tested on the same day, and early morning flights to be tested on the previous day.
Highlight: the antigen test report does not need to be submitted to the embassy or consulate for review. When boarding, the paper or electronic negative antigen test report shall be submitted to the airline for inspection.
Q3：How long does the Chinese ambassador to the United States usually review the application for health code?
The review time is related to the submission time of the applicant and the total amount of applications. The review time may vary, but it usually does not exceed 12 hours. If some applicant information needs to be further verified, the review time will be extended accordingly.
Q4: how long is the validity period of the health code issued by the Chinese ambassador to the United States?
The validity period of the health code is calculated from 23:59 on the day of the first sampling in the tests conducted within 48 hours before boarding, and is valid within 48 hours.
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