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HDC Code Application Guide for Travel to China

2022-03-25 00:00

(Updated March 25, 2022)

All passengers traveling from Portugal to China, before boarding the flight, must request the Health Declaration Code (HDC Code).

I. Flight requirements

1. Currently, the direct flight between China and Portugal is suspended. All passengers residing in Portugal can travel to China via a third country (only one stopover). When resuming the direct flight from Portugal to China, the Embassy will not issue HDC Codes for passengers traveling from Portugal to China via a third country.

2. To avoid embarrassment during your trip due to flight cancellations, passengers from a third country are advised not to transit through Portugal.

II. testing requirements

1. Persons who have completed activated vaccines (14 days after having received the full number of doses of vaccines from Sinopharm, Sinovac and etc) must undergo a respective nucleic acid test (RT-PCR) in two different laboratories within 48 hours of departure, with at least one of the two nucleic acid tests (RT-PCR) performed within 24 hours of departure.

2. Persons who have completed activated vaccines (14 days after receiving the full number of doses of Pfizer, Modena, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, etc.) should have an Anti-Nucleocapsid IgM antibody test and an antibody test. Anti-Nucleocapside IgG within 48 hours of shipment and a nucleic acid test (RT-PCR) within 24 hours of shipment.

3.Unvaccinated persons must have an Anti-Sars-Cov-2 IgM antibody test and an Anti-Sars-Cov-2 IgG antibody test within 48 hours of shipment and a nucleic acid test (RT-PCR) at 24 hours before departure.

4.All passengers traveling to China are required to perform an antigen test in a laboratory within 12 hours of departure. Antigen test results do not need to be submitted to request HDC code, simply present to the Airline prior to boarding.

Note: Test collection time is retrospective in terms of boarding time, for example: if boarding time is 12:50pm to March 26th, then 48 hour deadline means after 12:50pm to March 24th , the 24-hour deadline means after 12:50 to 25 March and the 12-hour deadline means after 00:50 to 26 March.

III. List of recognized laboratories

1Joaquim Chaves Laboratories (Only nucleic acid test results (RT-PCR) are recognized)

2Cintramédica Laboratories

3 Avelab Labs

4Laboratories of Labocentro

5Redelab Labs (Only IgM and IgG test results are recognized)

Note: The time for issuing test reports in the above mentioned laboratories will be adjusted according to the number of markings. Please check the reporting time with the labs when making your appointment.

IV.Requirements for test reports

1.The nucleic acid test (RT-PCR) report must clearly state that the sample is nasopharyngeal exudate and the method is RT-PCR.

2.The antibody test report must clearly state that the sample method is venous blood and that the test method is chemiluminescence. Other methods are not recognized.

3. The test report must contain the date and time of collection, the name and age of the person tested, the name of the laboratory, the test item, the sample method, the test method, and the physician's signature.

V. Passengers who have been infected by COVID-19

Passengers who have been diagnosed or have positive results of nucleic acid test (RT-PCR), IgM or IgG antibody test (except those with positive antibody due to activated vaccine), after being recovered, must send the following documents to china213932 @gmail.com :

- an X-ray or lung CT accompanied by a report issued by a qualified hospital or laboratory in Portugal within 7 days.

- two negative nucleic acid tests (RT-PCR) within 3 days. The two tests must be performed 24 hours apart in two different laboratories recognized by the Chinese Embassy in Portugal.

Note: If an applicant has a diagnostic report or positive result on September 1st, both the X-ray/TAC and the two nucleic acid tests (RT-PCR) must be performed after September 1st. If the applicant sends an email on September 10th, the X-ray/TAC must be performed between September 3rd and 10th and the two nucleic acid tests (RT-PCR) must be performed between September 7th and 10th.

After receiving a response from the Embassy by email, it is mandatory to quarantine for at least 14 days and complete the Personal Health Monitoring Form (see Annex). Applicants with suspected symptoms such as fever, cough, diarrhea, malaise or respiratory distress during quarantine should contact us immediately and carry out the requested tests. If no anomalies occur during quarantine, they must email the Personal Health Monitoring Form after the 14-day quarantine and perform the requested tests before shipment.

SAW. HDC request mode

1.Passengers must access the website http://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/, fill in the information online, declare their health status and submit the required documents. The application will be verified by the Chinese Embassy in Portugal and the HDC Code will be issued in QR code format on the same website. Passengers must present the HDC Code before boarding.

2. Documents required to request the HDC Code

- Test reports (antigen test report is not required)

- Passport

- Valid residence permit (for work reasons, personal reasons and family reunion) or valid visa for China issued after March 26, 2020


- Vaccination certificate (for fully vaccinated passengers)

-Personal Health Monitoring Form (for passengers who have been infected by COVID-19)

Note: All passengers are requested to submit the documents in the link as soon as they receive the test report (they must submit it at least 3 hours before boarding). The Chinese Embassy in Portugal will do its best to speed up the verification process, including on weekends and holidays. We thank all passengers for their understanding; however, we ask that you do not contact us or send emails with questions regarding the verification process in order to avoid any delay in our work.

This notice enters into force on the date of its publication. Until March 31 will be the transition period, during which you can apply for a health code according to the original requirements. In case of discrepancy with the above, this notice prevails.

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