Chinese Embassy warns: High risk of COVID-19 infection in SL
The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, issuing a statement, warned that there is a high risk of COVID-19 infection in Sri Lanka.
“But if you really need to go to China, to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19, beginning from 28 February, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka will adjust the requirements for issuing green health codes with the ‘HS’ mark or health declaration codes with the ‘HDC’ mark as follows: When applying for the health codes/health declaration codes, you should upload both negative certificates of nucleic acid and IgM antibody tests within 48 hours before boarding, issued by designated hospitals. Air ticket itineraries and residence certificates in Sri Lanka (ID card for Sri Lankan citizens), residence visa or Chinese exit seal and Sri Lankan entry seal on the passport for Chinese citizens) should be included,” the Embassy said.
If, however, one of three tests; nucleic acid or IgM or IgG antibody has tested positive, the person who intends to go to China should send the diagnosis certificate with CT or x-ray result of the lung issued by the local hospital and a confirmed negative certificate of nucleic acid test done twice, executed at least in 24 hour intervals between the two sampling times to the Chinese Consulate, the Embassy said. Nonetheless, after the approval by the Embassy, the person in question will be quarantined for 14 days, it added. But if the health status is normal, the candidate passenger will have to apply for the health codes/health declaration codes from the Embassy.
For passengers from countries which have direct flights to China, do not transit in Sri Lanka, the Embassy warned. The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka will not issue green health codes/health declaration codes to such passengers, it said.
Meanwhile, for passengers from countries which have no direct flight to China, as currently rapid tests are not available in Sri Lankan airports, it is recommended that such passengers avoid transiting in Sri Lanka to reduce unnecessary risks, the Embassy further warned.
Chinese tourists were Sri Lanka’s second largest tourism market in 2019, that is, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism, at least up to 2019, was Sri Lanka’s third largest source of foreign exchange.