All travellers reaching Spain from China now need to present negative COVID-19 test results, or proof of complete vaccination against the virus, with any of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The resolution also provides for the requirement of an EU Digital COVID Certificate (CCD-UE) or equivalent to all passengers on flights from China from next January 3,and the measures will be in place until February 15, 2023.
The new restrictions will only affect travellers on flights from the mainland People’s Republic of China, which means that travellers from other places as Hong Kong will not be affected.
Italy was the first country to impose restrictions on travellers from China, and now France, the United Kingdom and Spain have followed doing the same in Europe. Other world countries have also imposed similar measures, including Israel and Japan.
- The United States will impose mandatory Covid-19 tests on travelers from China beginning on Jan. 5. All air passengers aged two and older will require a negative result from a test no more than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said U.S. citizens should also reconsider travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.
- The UK will require a pre-departure negative Covid-19 test from passengers from China as of Jan. 5, the Department of Health said on Friday.
- France will require travelers from China to provide a negative Covid test result less than 48 hours before departure, the health and transport ministries said on Friday. From Jan. 1, France will also carry out random PCR Covid tests upon arrival on some travelers coming from China.
- Australia. Travelers from China to Australia will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test from Jan. 5,
- India. The country has mandated a Covid-19 negative test report for travelers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. Passengers from those countries will be quarantined if they show symptoms or test positive.
- Canada. Air travelers to Canada from China must test negative for Covid-19 no more than two days before departure.
- Japan will require a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival for travelers from mainland China. Those who test positive will be required to quarantine for seven days. New border measures for China went into effect at midnight on Dec. 30. The government will also limit requests from airlines to increase flights to China.
- Italy has ordered Covid-19 antigen swabs and virus sequencing for all travelers from China. Milan’s main airport, Malpensa, had already started testing passengers arriving from Beijing and Shanghai.
- Malaysia will screen all inbound travelers for fever and test wastewater from aircraft arriving from China for Covid-19.
- Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre said all passengers on direct flights from China, as well as by boat at two offshore islands, will have to take PCR tests upon arrival, starting on Jan. 1.
- South Korea will require travelers from China to provide negative Covid test results before departure.
- Morocco will impose a ban on people arriving from China, whatever their nationality, from Jan. 3 to avert any new wave of coronavirus infections.
- The Philippines sees a need to intensify the monitoring and implementation of border control for incoming individuals especially from China that is experiencing a record surge in Covid-19 cases.
Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for health screenings when arriving at the departure airport. Individuals should continue to abide by national health and safety measures provided by their regulatory bodies.