Important Notice on Adjusting Relevant Requirements for Nucleic Acid and Serum Antibody Testing and Reiterating "Non-essential, No travel."

Recently, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases imported from Switzerland has increased significantly, as a result, the flight on December 27th, 2020 was suspended. On January 10th, 4 confirmed cases were detected on the flight from Zurich to Shanghai. According to the investigation, most of the confirmed cases are related to not complying with the home isolation requirements after testing and frequent cross-border travel, and the inadequate testing of some testing institutions. At present, European countries, including Switzerland, are still in a stage of high pandemics. The UK has reported a transmissible coronavirus variant, and the new coronavirus mutation has spread to the European continent. To protect the health and life safety of passengers and flight attendants and build a strong frontline for external defense, following the latest domestic requirements, the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Switzerland now remind everyone to carefully consider the risk of infection during the pandemic and be "non-essential, no travel". At the same time, further specifications and explanations will be made on the relevant requirements for new coronavirus nucleic acid testing and serum antibody testing for passengers who need to travel urgently:

1. Starting from January 20th, the detection of serum-specific IgM antibodies must be done by professional medical staff through venous blood sampling. The test report must also clearly indicate the words Serum, IgM, and Venous. The notice must also clearly clarify the specific detection method, such as (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (4) For other detection methods, please also specify (Methodology: specific techniques).

2. Starting from January 20th, the nucleic acid test report must indicate nucleic acid (NAAT), Rt-PCR, etc., as well as specific sampling methods, including (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3) Other testing methods, please also specify (Methodology: specific techniques).

3. The Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Switzerland will no longer issue health QR Code / Health Declaration Certificate for third-country passengers who do not live in Switzerland but temporarily entered Switzerland only for the purpose of the both tests. Passengers taking direct flights to China should actively show their travel ID documents when sampling. The testing agency should indicate the name, date of birth, travel ID number, and other essential information on the test report. Non-Swiss passengers should upload their Swiss residence certificate, including residence card, residence certificate, Swiss visa, or Meldebestätigung etc., while uploading the test reports.

4. Following the requirement of two times double tests for transit flights to China, passengers from a third country transiting to China via Switzerland should undergo the first time test for both PCR and IgM in the land of departure and obtain their health QR Code / Health Declaration Certificate at the Chinese embassy or consulate in the land of departure. After arrival in Zurich, passengers should take the second time test for both PCR and IgM in the transfer area of Zurich Airport as arranged by Swiss Airlines (See to the "Notice on double tests Arrangements in the transit area of Zurich Airport and Airline Boarding Requirements" on December 19th, 2020 by Consulate General's website in Zurich). Accordingly, they should apply for the second Health QR Code /Health Declaration Certificate.

5. Starting from January 20th, the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Switzerland will only accept the test results from the published test agency (attached). The ChineseEmbassy and Consulate in Switzerland will verify the authenticity of the results with the testing agency. Passengers are requested to inform the sampling and testing agency to agree to announce the test results and personal information to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate during the test.

6. Passengers are requested to isolate themselves at home after sampling and testing, minimize contact with the outside world, and be sure to take personal protection during the trip to the airport not to affect your health and safety and travel to China.

7. For any inconsistencies with this notice in the notices, FAQs, and precautions previously issued, this notice shall prevail.

                                                                       Chinese Embassy in Switzerland

                                                                      Chinese Consulate General in Zurich

                                                                     January 18th, 2021