Latest COVID-19 updates

Traveling to China

According to statement of foreign ministry spokesperson on regular press conference on April 25, 2023, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning stated that people traveling to China will be permitted to take an antigen test instead of a PCR test within 48 hours of boarding from April 29 onward. In addition, airlines will no longer be required to check the pre-boarding COVID-19 test certificates.

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UK Government Guideline – COVID-19 Entry Requirements for China

From 8 January 2023, China has changed its COVID-19 entry requirements for all travellers entering the country. You will need a negative PCR test within 48 hours of boarding your flight to China. You must submit your negative PCR test result by filling in the Health Declaration Form via the China Customs website, or through the China Customs App or WeChat account. Anyone reporting a positive test result will not be permitted to board a flight to China.

Transiting through a third country to arrive in China

Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.

Transiting through a third country to China is permitted.

If you transfer through a third country to China, you must certify that you have completed a PCR test within 48 hours of your arrival in China via the China Customs website, app, or WeChat account. This must be completed before boarding your final flight to China.

Medplus offer PCR Test / Nucleic Acid Test / China RT-PCR Test at more than 45 location throughout in United Kingdom. This will allow our customer to use our services anywhere in UK.

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Latest COVID-19 updates for Japan

All entrants including Japanese citizens who do not have a valid vaccination certificate must be tested within 72 hours of departure. Those who are unable to present a valid vaccination certificate or a valid certificate of inspection will not be allowed to enter Japan, as based on Quarantine Law.

Starting from 0:00 am (JST) on October 11, 2022, based on the New Border Measures (34), for all cross-border travellers and returnees from countries/regions where the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant becomes dominant (all countries/regions except for those where COVID-19 variants other than the Omicron variant become dominant, based on the New Border Measures (27) (February 24, 2022)), self-quarantine in places such as their own residence or accommodations and refraining from use of public transportation are no longer required in principle.

On arrival COVID-19 testing is no longer required unless entrants and returnees have suspected COVID-19. However, all returnees and entrants are required to provide either a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate (3 doses) of vaccines on the Emergency Use List of World Health Organization (WHO), or a certificate of negative result of pre-departure COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to departing from the original country/region.

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 What are the requirements for travellers travelling to South Africa by air?

All travellers landing at these airports must present a PCR test which is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa.  Furthermore, the international travellers should possess a mandatory travel insurance which is supposed to cover the COVID-19 test and quarantine costs.   All these travellers will be subjected to COVID-19 screening on arrival. Those who present COVID-19 symptoms which include elevated body temperatures and flu-like symptoms, will be required to take a COVID-19 test which should be covered by the travel insurance. Should the test results come back positive, the traveller will be subjected to mandatory quarantine, which will also be paid for by the traveller or the travel insurance?

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 Traveling to Europe:

Re-open EU provides information on travel and health measures in EU and Schengen Associated countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform helps you exercise your right to free movement, while staying safe and healthy. Information is updated frequently and available in 24 languages.

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