You can now add the COVID Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) certificate to the list of ‘required documents’ you’ll need to have authenticated before traveling to China.
At time of writing, the COVID NAT test needs to be carried out 72 hours (3 days) prior to traveling.
Eg. If you travel on November 20, the test can be carried out from November 17, onwards. However, given you must wait for the results, and that you must have the document authenticated by email with the Chinese embassy. It’s important to not leave this task too late. If you are flying November 20th, we would recommend you get tested on November 17 or 18 only, in this scenario. The 19th would simply not leave you with enough time to get everything else done.
Once you have your test results back, and provided it is NEGATIVE, you will need to send the test results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulate of the jurisdiction of the medical facility, for authentication.
There are six (6) Chinese consular services throughout the US, with each one covering several states. The main embassy is in Washington DC whilst there are Chinese consulates in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston (note that the Washington embassy has temporarily taken over the tasks of the Houston Consulate).
Here is a handy map that details which US states fall under which consulate’s jurisdiction.
Given the COVID situation is evolving at lightning-speed, it’s important to contact your relevant Chinese Embassy/Consulate and asking them for:
- A list of China-approved medical facilities near you (where you can have the COVID NAT done
- List of required steps to mail the test results
- A Health Declaration Form – which you will need to fill in and return to the embassy for authentication
The Health Declaration Form looks like this: