COVID-19 Testing
For Travel to China

Next-Day COVID-19 RT-PCR Test for Travel
to the People's Republic of China

As of July 1, 2022 China has Published New Requirements for double RT-PCR (nucleic acid) testing. You must have two tests before travel, one less than 48 hours before departure, one less than 24 hours before departure, and more than 24 hours between tests. These must be done at different laboratories so our practice can do only one of them. Please schedule your appointment carefully to make sure the timing is correct; we cannot help determine the rules.

New policy on SF Consulate site (in Chinese only):

截至 2022 年 7 月 1 日,中国发布了双 RT-PCR(核酸)检测的新要求。 您必须在旅行前进行两次测试,一次在起飞前 48 小时以内,一次在起飞前 24 小时以内,两次测试之间的时间超过 24 小时。 这些必须在不同的实验室完成,所以我们的实践只能做其中一个。 请仔细安排您的约会,以确保时间正确; 我们不能帮助确定规则。

Please contact the Chinese Consulate (415) 852-5900 or [email protected] with any questions.


RT-PCR (nucleic acid) testing on nasopharyngeal swab with next-day by 9am results.

Our tests meet criteria for international travel:
  • The lab is fully CLIA and CDPH certified.
  • Specimen collection is by oropharyngeal + nasopharyngeal method, the most accurate.
  • Turnaround time: No matter what time of day the specimen is collected, results come to you the next day by 9am Pacific Time by our secure online portal.
  • Important: According to the China requirements of 7-1-22 you must be tested by two different labs for the 48 hour and 24 hours test, not just different reagants. Thus our practice/lab can only perform one of these for you and you will need to get the other one at another place.
Paul Abramson MD

Paul Abramson MD

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