China scraps PCR testing for arrivals from Singapore

There are actually no international locations requiring absolutely vaccinated vacationers from Singapore to bear a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR take a look at, with China the final to drop this requirement.

China has introduced a major rest in pre-departure testing necessities this month, with vacationers originating in 16 international locations, together with Singapore, not obliged to have an costly clinic PCR take a look at inside 48 hours of departure.

As an alternative, solely a self-administered or scientific speedy antigen (ART) take a look at is required, together with the use dwelling take a look at kits with no supervision or outcomes certificates required.

Airways may also stop checking adverse take a look at outcomes previous to boarding on China-bound flights from these international locations, with self-declaration on arrival now the norm.

Sadly China continues to be not issuing new tourism visas or reinstating its visa exemption for Singapore residents at this stage, making leisure journeys unfeasible, nonetheless this rest will profit those that can at present journey to China with out restriction, embrace its personal residents, and those that maintain a legitimate residence allow or are finding out there.

It additionally paves the best way for a comparatively easy arrival course of for Singapore residents, as soon as tourism is reinstated.

China eliminated quarantine necessities for abroad arrivals in early January 2023, however nonetheless required vacationers to take a PCR take a look at 48 hours earlier than their departure flight, no matter origin nation.

Newest China pre-departure take a look at regime

Efficient from 1st March 2023, vacationers flying to China on direct flights from the next international locations not require a pre-departure PCR take a look at:

As an alternative solely a adverse ART take a look at is required, which will be administered at dwelling utilizing a self take a look at package, inside 48 hours of departure.

Whereas not required, a scientific ART take a look at or scientific PCR take a look at with a adverse consequence certificates can be acceptable, however much less handy and extra pricey, so these are unlikely to be of curiosity to vacationers now {that a} easy self-swab will suffice.

ART take a look at kits in Singapore are broadly accessible for round S$5 every.

This rest will save Singapore vacationers heading to China S$50+ by eradicating the costly pre-departure PCR take a look at requirement.

Vacationers heading to China from Singapore will not must acquire a pricey PCR take a look at. (Picture: Li Yang)

From 1 March 2023, pre-departure self-administered Antigen Speedy Take a look at (ART) outcomes shall be accepted instead of pre-departure Polymerase Chain Response (PCR) take a look at outcomes for vacationers on direct flights from Singapore to Mainland China.

Singapore Ministry of International Affairs

Upon getting obtained your adverse ART consequence, you will want to finish a well being declaration type:

  • by way of the China Customs cellular utility, or
  • on-line at
  • by way of a selected WeChat program for China Customs.

adverse pre-departure PCR take a look at outcomes are nonetheless required for vacationers arriving from all different international locations, just like the UK, the USA, Japan and South Korea.

china arrival course of

On arrival in China, you possibly can proceed by customs along with your well being type, together with declaration of a adverse self-swab ART consequence.

Customs could conduct random sampling inspections, and if there are points along with your well being declaration, or you might have COVID-19 signs, you may be required to take an on-arrival take a look at. If the result’s optimistic, you will want to self-quarantine or search medical therapy as directed.

Vacationers with no signs and a appropriately accomplished well being declaration, who will not be chosen for random on-arrival testing or return a adverse consequence from such a take a look at, can proceed to enter China with no quarantine, isolation or additional testing necessities.

Singapore – China flights are ramping up

Scoot just lately introduced a major ramp-up of direct companies from Singapore to China.

Key factors embrace:

  • Progress of Scoot’s current Singapore – China operations (Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Tianjin and Zhengzhou) from 14 flights per week to 26 flights per week in March 2023.
  • Additional enlargement to 42 flights per week in April 2023, together with the return of haikou, Ningbo and Xi’an to the community.
  • Additional enlargement to 57 flights per week in Might and June 2023, together with the return of Nanning and Shenyang to the community.
Scoot will ramp as much as 57 weekly mainland China flights by June 2023. (Picture: Gold Coast Airport)

So far as Singapore Airways is anxious, 3 times weekly beijing and guangzhou flights will improve to every day from late March, whereas 4 instances weekly flights to shanghai may also improve to every day on the similar time, then to twice every day from June.

Nonetheless, the service will withdraw from its continuous flights to Chongqing (1/wk), shenzhen (3/wk) and Xiamen (2/wk) later this month.

No PCR assessments to any nation from singapore

China was the ultimate nation globally requiring a adverse COVID-19 pre-departure PCR take a look at as a prerequisite for absolutely vaccinated vacationers from Singapore.

India briefly reinstated pre-departure PCR assessments for vacationers from Singapore initially of 2023, however ditched the concept about six weeks later.

All international locations globally which are open to inbound vacationers now have both no testing necessities, or solely require speedy antigen (ART) pre-departure testing for guests originating in Singapore who’re absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.

Pre-departure testing (PDT) for customer arrivals from Singapore

Vacation spot Nation Totally vaccinated &
most youngsters
Unvaccinated /
not absolutely vaccinated adults
Angola within the PDT ART or PCR
Bangladesh within the PDT PCR
Brazil within the PDT ART or PCR
Central African Republic within the PDT PCR
chad within the PDT PCR
Chile within the PDT PCR
China ART or PCR PCR
Congo within the PDT PCR
Colombia within the PDT ART or PCR
Equatorial Guinea within the PDT PCR
Hong Kong ART or PCR PCR
Indonesia within the PDT No Entry*
Japan within the PDT
(if triple-vaxxed)
Kenya within the PDT PCR
Libya within the PDT No Entry
Mali within the PDT PCR
Mauritania within the PDT PCR
Mozambique within the PDT PCR
Myanmar within the PDT PCR
Nepal within the PDT PCR
Nicaragua within the PDT PCR
pakistan within the PDT PCR
South Sudan within the PDT PCR
USA within the PDT No Entry**
Venezuela within the PDT PCR
Zambia within the PDT PCR
zimbabwe within the PDT PCR

* Until medically exempt from vaccination or just lately recovered from COVID-19
** Until medically exempt from vaccination

For many of our readers in Singapore who’re absolutely vaccinated and their kids, there is no such thing as a longer any PDT difficulty to fret about. China and Hong Kong are the standoutshowever each now settle for self-swab ART assessments performed at dwelling with out supervision.

A variety of African and South American international locations require scientific PCR pre-departure assessments for unvaccinated travellers, however most of those aren’t on the ‘leisure journey radar’ for Singapore residents anyway.

These heading to China from Singapore and 15 different international locations can now meet pre-departure take a look at necessities with a easy self-swab ART take a look at at dwelling inside 48 hours, and self-declaration of a adverse consequence.

Airways will not examine the take a look at consequence at check-in, however random testing on arrival will nonetheless be performed.

This simplified course of must be excellent news as soon as China reopens its borders to vacationers, with Singapore residents then capable of journey to the nation with minimal trouble as soon as a visa is issued, or visa-free entry is reinstated for Singaporeans.

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