Passenger flights to resume to China

British Airways plans flights from August 9, but passengers won't be allowed to board unless they have a certificate to show they have done a test and been found not to have the coronavirus

Passenger flights to resume to China
China's aviation authorities said on Tuesday that people can fly to the mainland again but they must have a 'negative' test result to show they don't have the coronavirus. File photo by AFP.

(ATF) The Civil Aviation Administration of China announced on Tuesday July 21 that passengers who wish to fly to China can do so – but said people will only be allowed on board if they have a certificate to verify that they have done a test and been found not to have the coronavirus.

Chinese and foreign passengers wanting to get on flights to China must complete a coronavirus test within five days before they fly. Testing should be carried out in institutions designated to do that or approved by Chinese embassies abroad.

Chinese passengers must take a photo and upload a certificate showing their negative test result through the international version of China’s epidemic prevention health code app, the statement on the CAAC website said.

Passengers of foreign nationality should apply to the closest Chinese Embassy or Consulate for a declaration of their health status based on a "negative" test certificate.

The announcement, endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: “Relevant airlines are responsible for checking the health code status and health status statement before boarding. Passengers who do not meet the relevant requirements cannot board the aircraft. All airlines should strictly perform inspection procedures.”

On July 21, British Airways said it was due to resume flights to Mainland China on August 9, 2020. People could reportedly book or purchase tickets to fly to China via the British Airways website yesterday.

It may be the first British airline to resume flights from London's Heathrow Airport to Shanghai's Pudong Airport in seven months. British Airways temporarily suspended flights to mainland China on January 29 due to the epidemic, but it plans to resume flights every Thursday and Sunday from August 9.

In recent months many Chinese people have been stranded around the world because airlines shut down services, and the few seats that were available were usually very expensive and often cancelled at short notice.

And those who did manage to arrive back in China were ordered to pay for two weeks in mandatory quarantine.