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Notice on implementing tests within 24 hours and 12 hours before airline boarding for passengers flying to China from Bahrain

2022-04-07 20:35

In addition to a valid visa or residence permit to enter China, Chinese citizens and foreigners need to obtain a health code from a Chinese Embassy or consulate before departure.

Starting from March 28th, 2022, testing requirements for passengers flying to China from Bahrain have been adjusted as follows:

1. For those who have been fully vaccinated with Covid-19 inactivated vaccines, are required to take‘double PCR tests’instead of‘PCR + IgM antibody’tests.

    1.A: Definition for those who have been fully vaccinated with inactivated vaccines:

    1.A.a) Vaccination products should be inactivated vaccines (e.g. Sinopharm, Sinovac, etc.)    approved for emergency use authorization or fully approved in the market by China or the World Health Organization.

    1.A.b) In principle, Passengers should be fully vaccinated with two or required doses of the same vaccine. If  two or more brands of vaccine products are inoculated, the inoculation procedure should comply with the vaccine instructions or local inoculation requirements.

    1.A.c) Those who have not vaccinated with inactivated vaccines for the required doses or who have completed two doses of inactivated vaccine on the same day, will be treated as unvaccinated.

    1.B: Tests arrangement & requirement for the passengers who have been fully vaccinated with Covid-19 inactivated vaccines:

    Passengers must take two PCR tests within a period of 24 hours before boarding in the designated hospital. The hospital will conduct two nasal swab samples at the same time and use two different detection reagents to test respectively. IgM tests are no longer required.

2.  Passengers who are unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or only vaccinated with non-inactivated vaccines (e.g. Pfizer or other types) are required to take 1 PCR + 1 IgM antibody blood test within a period of 24 hours before boarding, in the designated hospital.  

3.  All passengers must take an antigen test within a period of 12 hours before boarding, in the designated hospital.  

4. Applying for Health Declaration Code (HDC)

Electronic Health code/declaration application website for foreign passengers:      https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/      

You can create your account and have other documents ready in advance. (e.g. Passport, proof of Bahrain residency, air ticket, proof of Covid -19 vaccination if available, etc.)

Once you receive the negative-PCR and negative-Antigen test results, you can upload all documents and submit for approval.  The Embassy will assess all documents and make a decision based on a comprehensive review.

Take a screen shot of the green HDC once issued by the Chinese Embassy in Bahrain. In the transit country submit the screen shot, together with the test results, as required by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate of the transit country.  


1.Al-Salam Specialist Hospital is the only designated testing institution for Chinese Embassy in Bahrain. Their working time for tests is 7:30a.m. - 7:30p.m. PCR test result can be produced in 12 hours, Antigen test result can be obtained in 15 minutes. 

2.Vaccinated passengers (with inactivated or non-inactivated Covid -19 vaccines) can apply for the HDC 14 days after being fully vaccinated. The HDC applications will not be accepted if it is less than 14 days from the vaccination completion date (excluding booster shots).

3.There is no direct flight to China from Bahrain, only one transit is allowed, and HDC applications are required from both the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in Bahrain and at the transit country. The Chinese Embassy in Bahrain reminds all passengers to confirm with the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in the transit country for HDC application requirements there in advance to properly arrange the trip). 

4.In addition to the above standard tests, travelers who were previously infected with Covid-19 must also have to have a lung scan (CT or X-ray - pregnant women may not provide this proof ) in Al Salam Specialist Hospital or Royal Bahrain Hospital, undergo two cross-negative PCR tests (within a 24 hours interval apart in  two different hospitals, PCR test must be conducted at the same time or after CT or X-ray examination). Please submit the lung scan report with clearly diagnosis and these two PCR reports  to the Chinese Embassy within 3 days after PCR tests for approval at consulate_bhr@mfa.gov.cn.  After receiving approval, please carry out 14 days of self-quarantine and health monitoring.   

Please refer to Notice on New Requirements for COVID - 19 Recovered Passengers (http://bh.china-embassy.org/eng/lsfw/202109/t20210909_9613157.htm) posted on September 9, 2021, and with the exception that, as of 28th March 2022, the health code tests should be conducted within a period of 24 hours and 12 hours before boarding based on the vaccination history as stated in this notice. 

Please strictly follow all requirements and safety precautions before and during your trip.

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