Regional airlines announce new Chinese travel measures
08/06/2020|7:54:55 PM|Khmer Times

Major regional airlines that operate out of Thailand will force all travellers to and from China to show negative “nucleic acid tests for COVID-19” within five days of boarding flights starting on Aug 10.

The announcement was made by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the General Administration of Customs of China and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is hoped to simplify and increase travel arrangements.

According to the announcement, for Chinese passengers, only those who can present green health codes with a specific mark (indicting a negative test) would be allowed to board the flight.

“The passport or other travel document numbers (with some digits in the middle replaced by asterisks) shown on the top of the health codes can be used to verify whether a passenger is presenting his or her own code,” it said.

For foreign passengers, only those who can present Health Declaration Forms issued by a Chinese embassy or consulate (if indicting a negative test) would be allowed to board, the announcement added.

Cambodia is also looking at ways to increase the ease of travel between major destinations such as China, as well as ensuring the safe and effective health measures are enforced to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Cambodia Airways Public Relations and Marketing Manager Sok Ravy told Khmer Times that the airline currently operates one flight per week between Phnom Penh and Chengdu the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province.

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