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China to require COVID-19 test for limited cross-strait travel

ROC Central News Agency

10/01/2020 04:02 PM

Shanghai, Oct. 1 (CNA) Starting Oct. 12, people allowed to travel between Taiwan and four major cities in China will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test on arrival and departure, Chinese authorities said Wednesday.

Passengers departing Taiwan for the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, and Chengdu -- the four Chinese cities to which Taiwan currently permits travel -- must present the results of a nucleic acid COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The same regulation will apply to travelers from China to Taiwan, but there will be no designation of providers allowed to administer the test, as is the case for travelers from other countries, the CAAC said.

If the 72-hour period expires due to flight delays, the CAAC said, it will review the matter on a case-by-case basis.

More details of the new regulation will be announced by China's Taiwan Affairs Office over the next few days, and it will take effect Oct. 12, according to the CAAC.

Currently, Taiwan only allows cross-strait flights to and from four cities in China -- Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, and Chengdu -- due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passengers arriving from Taiwan in those cities are required to quarantine for 14 days at designated locations, except for some categories of travelers to Shanghai.

With the introduction of the new rule, China is including Taiwan in its regulations that were announced on July 20, requiring arriving passengers -- excluding those from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan -- to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken at least five days prior to their flight.

The test must be administered by institutions recognized by the Chinese embassy in the country of departure, according to that rule.

(By Chang Shu-ling and Chiang Yi-ching)

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