CAN FOREIGN STUDENTS RETURN TO CHINA WITH THE "HEALTH PASSPORT"?

According to the news staff, the international travel health certification involves the international mutual recognition of health codes and nucleic acid test results, in order to achieve the purpose that there is no need for entry-exit personnel to be quarantined in both countries. Thus, it still needs further consultation among countries.


On March 9, 2021, according to the China Daily, a statement about whether foreign students can use the international health code to return to China to go on with their studies was published by the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, which also explained the Chinese version of the international travel health certificate.


Full Details about the Statement

Per the news staff, the following are the entire contents on whether foreign students can come back to China via the international health code.

On the one hand, the Chinese version of international travel health certificate is only a document issued to Chinese personnel for nucleic acid testing or vaccination, while mutual recognition refers to mutual confirmation of the effectiveness of testing or vaccination among countries, so as to provide convenience for entry-exit personnel on both sides;

On the other hand, the Chinese government attaches great importance to the protection of the legitimate rights and interests of the vast number of foreign students in China, and requires relevant colleges and universities to maintain close contact with their international students, carefully arrange online teaching, and properly handle students' reasonable concerns and demands. Then, on the premise of ensuring the safety of anti-epidemic, China will make an overall research on the resumption of foreign students in China, and maintain close communication with other countries.

When will Short and Long International Travel Resume?

As per Zhang Zhining, an expert in the tourism industry, there will be a extremely positive development for China's outbound and inbound tourism markets after the introduction of international travel health certificate, as detailed below. Short international trips to East and South-East Asian countries/regions are expected to recover within 2021;

While the long-distance international travel to Europe and America is expected to see signs of recovery with the wide application of vaccines and the gradual implementation of policies.

No Need for Quarantine?!

On March 9, 2021, an interview with tourism professionals about the launch of the Chinese International Travel Health Certificate was released by Nanfang Metropolis Daily, which soon went viral on the internet.


According to the news staff, the international travel health certification involves the international mutual recognition of health codes and nucleic acid test results, in order to achieve the purpose that there is no need for entry-exit personnel to be quarantined in both countries. Thus, it still needs further consultation among countries. As of now, the International Travel Health Certificate is mainly set up for the business persons or students studying abroad. Regarding the ordinary tourists, it hasn’t been released the restrictions yet.


IATA Travel Pass & Immune Passport

Furthermore, according to Singapore Airlines, from March 15 to 28, all passengers taking the flights of Singapore Airlines from Singapore to London will take the lead in using IATA Travel Pass to show information about the COVID-19 detection and vaccination. Besides, more than 10 countries, including Thailand, Canada, South Korea, Singapore, Iceland, Poland, Israel, Denmark, Sweden and Estonia will launch the COVID-19 immune passports, so as to achieve safe cross-border movement of people.

According to Zheng Wenli, Secretary General of the Guangdong Travel Services Association, with the gradual recovery of the international tourism market, it also means that the days of “no-quarantine” travel among the world is approaching.