From December 8, 2020, the Chinese Government requires that, for entry into China from the UK, reports of both nucleic acid (COVID-19) and IgM (antibody) tests must come from the same service provider. This does not mean the provider must carry out both tests, but that the provider must guarantee both test reports.

We also know that some member schools have been using BioGrad Clinic as a supplier of COVID-19 PCR and IgM tests and would like to draw your attention to the fact that, from December 4, 2020 until January 3, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the UK has suspended recognition of their test results.

Please be aware of these two changes if you still have Chinese pupils at your school who intend to return home for the Christmas holidays.

Best wishes, Robin Fletcher
Chief Executive, BSA and BSA Group