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The Up-to-date Requirements for HS/HDC QR Code by Chinese Embassy in Barbados

At present, the COVID-19 pandemic is still severe globally, and the risk of cross-infection through international travel is relatively high. The Chinese Embassy in Barbados recommends that unless extremely necessary and urgent, international travels should be avoided. In order to avoid the risk of cross-infection via transit flights and to protect the health and safety of people both in China and abroad, the Chinese Embassy in Barbados has updated the requirements for application for HS /HDC QR Code as the following:

I. Effective from March 1, 2021, the Embassy will only accept application for HS/HDC QR Code from passengers who depart from Barbados or St. Vincent and Grenadines and will transit only once en route to China.

II. The following materials need to be submitted when applying for a HS/HDC QR Code:

i. bio-data page of passport;

ii. both Nucleic Acid test result and IgM Serum Antibody test result issued within 48 hours (two days) by testing institutions designated by the Chinese Embassy in Barbados; (The Chinese Embassy designates Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory to carry out the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body test for the passengers start from Barbados. Passengers from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines can choose local qualified institution.)

iii. proof of appointment of Nucleic Acid test and IgM Serum Antibody test in the transit country;

iv. full itinerary (Barbados or St. Vincent and Grenadines-transit country-China);

v. proof of residence in Barbados or St.Vincent and Grenadines (short-term visitors to Barbados or St. Vincent and Grenadines need to submit copies of stay permit), foreign passengers should provide in addition valid Chinese visa or residence permit for foreigners);

vi. Letter of Commitment of COVID-19 Prevention (see attached);

vii. COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (if the applicant has already received the vaccination), etc.

III. Special reminders

i. Self-quarantine before the trip. Passengers bound for China must take measures for personal protection and strict self-quarantine after completing the Nucleic Acid test and IgM Serum Antibody test. In order to reduce the risk, please do not get involved in gathering activities such as dining with or meeting friends and sightseeing, etc.

ii. The Chinese Embassy in Barbados will examine relevant applications on weekdays, weekends and holidays.

iii. When applying for an HS/HDC QR Code, make sure to fill in the relevant information truthfully, accurately, and completely. Otherwise, the application will be rejected, and any loss caused shall be borne by the applicant.

iv. The applicants, who insist on transiting in Barbados or St. Vincent and Grenadines or leaving for a third country for transit while failing to meet the transit requirements, shall take full responsibility for any loss incurred from being unable to go to China.

v. The digital Health Declaration Form is only one of the documents needed for boarding the flight. Transiting via a third country or region is subject to the regulations of the relevant country or district where the procedures for digital Health Declaration Form issuance may be different. Please check with the relevant airlines or relevant authorities for further details.

vi. The Chinese Embassy reserves the right to request supplementary documents from any applicants.

vii. For Q&A, please refer to https://hr.cs.mfa.gov.cn/help_two/help-two/hs.html

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