Notice on Airline Boarding Requirements for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Test Results
2020/10/31

In order to reduce cross-border transmission of Covid-19, starting from 7 Nov, 2020, all Chinese and foreign passengers who are to fly from Kenya to China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and then apply for a green health code with "HS" mark or a green health declaration code with the "HDC" mark before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:

I. Test Requirements

Passengers going to China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests within 48 hours before boarding. They must take the tests at a medical institution designated or recognized by the Chinese Embassy and then apply at the Chinese Embassy for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a green health declaration code with the "HDC" mark with certificates of negative results of both tests and itinerary of air travel.

Passengers going to China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in Kenya within 48 hours before boarding their flight to the transit country and then take both tests again in the transit country within 48 hours before boarding the flight to China. Passengers must apply at the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries for green health codes with the "HS" mark or a green health declaration code with the "HDC" mark with certificates of negative results of both tests and itinerary of air travel.

II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark

Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app photocopies of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will then be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy. Then they will get the green health code with the "HS"mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding. For more details, please check https://hr.cs.mfa.gov.cn/help_two/help-two/hs.html.

III. Foreign Passengers Applying for a Green Health Declaration Code with the "HDC" Mark

Foreign passengers must get their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, together with required documents including passport and travel itinerary, to "COVID-19 Prevention Health Code International Version" (website to be noticed), and apply through the Chinese Embassies/Consulates. The Chinese Embassies/Consulates will then examine and verify the above documents, and then issue the Green Health Declaration Code with the "HDC" Mark to passengers. Passengers must present the Green Health Declaration Code with the "HDC" Mark within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.

IV. Having consulted with Kenyan Ministry of Health and test institutions, at current stage, the Chinese Embassy in Kenya only recognize nucleic acid test reports issued by the following 6 institutions. IgM anti-body tests must be taken at a legitimate and qualified medical institution regulated by Kenyan Ministry of Health.

a. Nairobi Hospital Anderson Center (00100, Argwings Kodhek Road 1st floor, Anderson Centre P O 30026, Nairobi; TEL: +254-730666860)

b. Aga Khan University Hospital (Third Parklands Avenue, Nairobi; TEL: +254-203662000)

c. Lancet Main Laboratories (Opp.Traffic HQ, 5th avenue office suites, Fifth Ngong Ave, Nairobi; TEL: +254-703061000)

d. Kenyatta National Hospital (Hospital Rd, Nairobi; TEL: +254-202726300)

e. Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kilimani Mbagathi Rd House No. 8, Nairobi; TEL: +254-20-2722541/+254-20-2713349/+254-722205901,ext.2247)

f. Meditest Diagnostic Services LTD (TEL: +254-734772068/+254-786434046)

V. Reminder

Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health codes with the "HS" mark or the Green Health Declaration Code with the "HDC" Mark with both negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body test results means you are not qualified for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.

If you go to China via connecting flights,please check the transit country's entry regulations and its nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests requirements beforehand. Failure to enter the transit country or meet the requirements regarding the tests,the green health code with the "HS" mark or the green health declaration code with the "HDC" mark could result in being stranded and heightened infection risks.

The transfer area of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport does not have the conditions for swift IgM antibody tests. Transfer passengers must understand Kenya's entry policy in advance and allow sufficient time when arranging their itineraries.

 

Chinese Embassy In Kenya

October 31, 2020