Q&As on Applying for Health Code or Health Declaration Form
2021/05/18
 1. How could I apply for Health Code or Health Declaration Form?

1.1 The Chinese nationals (including the residents of Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Taiwan) can apply for the Health QR Code through the Wechat mini-program, which can be accessed by scanning the QR code below.

 

1.2 New Zealand citizens and other foreign nationals can log on the following website to apply for the Health Declaration Forms,

https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/

For the sake of convenience, both Health Code and Health Declaration Form are referred to as health code hereinafter.

2. What documents are required for health code application?

2.1 Necessary documents:

1) A negative COVID PCR test report;

2) A negative IgM serology antibody test report;

3) A vaccination certificate for COVID-19 if you have been vaccinated;

4) If vaccinated, you should complete the "Letter of Commitment on COVID-19 Vaccination" (See appendix);

5) Electronic ticket or flight itinerary bearing your full names and

detailed flight information and issued by airline company or travel agent.

2.2 Visas or other residence documents based on your nationality.

1) The Chinese nationals (including the residents of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan) should upload their New Zealand visas or residence permits.The residents of Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, and Taiwan should upload Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents, or Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents, or Chinese Travel Document.

2) New Zealand citizens should upload the information pages of their valid passports and valid Chinese visas issued after 28 March 2020, or holding Chinese residence permits for family reunion(Q1), personal matters (S1) and work (Z).

3) Nationals of the third countries should upload the information pages of their valid passports, and valid Chinese visas issued after 28 March 2020, or holding Chinese residence permits for family reunion(Q1), personal matters (S1) and work (Z).

3. How could I choose the date for the tests?

The validity of health code is counted on the basis of "sampling date +2 days". You should have the COVID PCR and IgM tests done 2 days before boarding on a China-bound flight. For example, if a flight departs on 3 June, then the earliest date to go for the tests is 1 June. If the sampling date is not available on the test reports, the earliest date as shown on the test reports will be taken as the sampling date.

4. What are the requirements on the test reports?

The Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in New Zealand only accept the report on the nucleic acid test conducted with a nose or throat swab specimen, and that on COVID IgM serology antibody with venepuncture blood sampling. In case a testing facility produces a report based on a total antibody serology test ( including IgM and IgG ), instead of an individual IgM test, the test must be negative in result and it must be stated in the report that the IgM antibody is included in the total antibody. Otherwise, the test report will not be accepted.

If you apply for the health code, you should submit the originals of your negative COVID PCR and IgM serology antibody test reports issued by a test facility. The reports must include your full name, date of birth, and date of tests (sampling), and test results, and name of the testing facility. Reports issued by by a GP or a clinic (including Inbox reports) must distinctly state the name of the testing facility, and be signed by the GP or carry the stamp of the clinic.

Reports will not be accepted if any required information is missing or without the above-mentioned signatures or stamps. Nor will text messages indicating test results be accepted as reports.

5. What are the acceptable travel documents?

When applying for the health code, a New Zealand citizen or a citizen from the third countries, should submit a valid passport, and the passport number should match that which is shown on the test report, vaccine certificate, resident permit and flight itinerary.

A mainland Chinese citizen should submit a valid Chinese passport.

A resident of Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Taiwan should submit the corresponding Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents, or Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents, or Chinese Travel Document for the three regions respectively.

6. Do you have any tips for submission of personal information?

6.1 Applicants who are the Chinese citizens (including the residents of Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Taiwan) should put in their full names in Chinese as shown on travel documents as well as the travel document numbers. The residents of Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Taiwan should also upload a picture of the travel document.

6.2 You need to provide your mobile phone number in New Zealand in case additional information is needed.

6.3 You should submit the application of the health code to the mission whose consular service covers the the location of the testing facility, as shown below:

Chinese Embassy in New Zealand: Wellington, Manawatu-Wanganui, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Gisborne, Bay of Plenty

Chinese Consulate-General in Auckland: Auckland, Northland, Waikato

Chinese Consulate-General in Christchurch: South Island

7. What can be accepted as permits to stay in New Zealand?

7.1 Valid New Zealand visa

7.2 If you do not hold a valid New Zealand visa, one of the following documents is acceptable as the evidence of staying in New Zealand:

1) A movement record issued by Immigration New Zealand;

2) A utility bills bearing your full name issued by power, water or internet provider for over three months;

3) A rental tenancy agreement bearing your full name, or a document that can prove you are the owner of a property in New Zealand;

4) Other documents carrying your personal information and reaffirming your long term residence in New Zealand.

8. What if my New Zealand visa has expired?

If your New Zealand visa expired less than 12 months ago, you should upload the expired New Zealand visa together with a letter signed by yourself to explain the reason for the overstay.

If your New Zealand visa expired more than 12 months ago, please refer to Section 7.2.

9. Do I need to take the COVID PCR test and the IgM serology antibody test if I have been vaccinated against COVID-19?

Even after getting a COVID-19 vaccine,you are required to take the COVID PCR test and the IgM serology antibody test. You should also upload the vaccination certificate for COVID-19 regardless of the test results.

10. What are the requirements on COVID-19 vaccination certificate?

Vaccination certificate for COVID-19 should be issued by a vaccination facility or a GP, and include the following information: your full name, gender, date of birth, brand name of the vaccine, dates of exerting the first dose and the second dose, name of the vaccination facility, and it must be signed by a GP or stamped by the vaccination facility.

Otherwise, the vaccination certificate for COVID-19 will not be accepted.

11. If I have been vaccinated, do I still need to be quarantined upon arrival?

At the moment, all travelers arriving in China are subject to managed quarantine and relevant tests. The Disease Control and Prevention Office at the port of entry has the final interpretation of the quarantine requirements and types of test.

12. Could the flight booking confirmation from a third-party agency be used as flight itinerary?

Flight Itinerary or e-ticket should be issued by the airline company, showing an international flight that departs from New Zealand and arrives in China. It must also contain your full name, flight number and departure and arrival dates. The flight booking confirmation without your name and details of the flight, or in the form of a text message, will not be accepted.

13. What shall I do if I made a mistake in submitting the materials for the health code, or the application were declined?

You will be notified of the reasons for any failure of application through the Wechat mini program or H5 website. You are requested to re-submit the application for the health code after making due adjustments as required.

14. When should I upload the application for health code?

You are advised to submit the application through a proper platform upon receiving the test reports and pay close attention to the outcome of the application. If the application has been declined (shown in red colour), please provide information as shown on the notification and make the request again.

Please make sure that you have received the green health code before going to airport. To avoid missing the flight, it is strongly recommended that you get the health code before going to airport.

15. Do I need to bring the hard copies of my test reports when boarding flight to China after receiving the green health codes?

You are recommended to bring the hard copies of the negative test reports and vaccination certificates in case of inspection.

16. Do infants have to take COVID-19 PCR test?

New Zealand Ministry of Health has not set any specific age requirements for COVID-19 PCR test. In real practice, it may be difficult to take samples from infants. Therefore, minors under the age of 5 are exempted from taking COVID-19 PCR test and IgM serology antibody test provided that the children are boarding direct flight to China from New Zealand and that the accompanying adult has received a valid green health code.

17. Could I fly to China via a third country?

Given the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic across the world, international travelling is exposed to high risk of cross-infection of the coronavirus. In order to avoid getting infected during transiting through other countries, you are requested to choose a non-stop flight from New Zealand to China, instead of travelling to China via a third country. Travelers from countries with direct flights to China must not transit through New Zealand.

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