China announced Friday that it will require travelers taking direct flights to the country from the U.S. to test negative for the coronavirus within 3 days of their trip.
China’s embassy in the U.S. said in a statement that those traveling to China from the U.S. and any passenger transiting from a country that Beijing has designated as requiring the screening must provide negative results from a COVID-19 nucleic-acid test conducted within 72 hours of boarding a flight at their last layover destination. The rules will take effect on Sept. 15.
Passengers who travel from the U.S. or transit through the country before flying to China will be required to provide their airline with a health declaration or hold a green health code.
The new mandate is the latest requirement China has slapped on travelers amid concerns over the high number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and tanking relations between Beijing and Washington.
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