German companies planning to charter a flight to China, sending their staffs back

German companies planning to charter a flight to China, sending their staffs back

AFP has reported that German companies are planning to charter a flight to China this month, till May 25, to send their employees back to their country, China.

Jens Hildebrandt, executive director for the German Chamber of Commerce in North China, told AFP that plannings are underway for "a fast-track procedure" allowing employees of German companies to re-enter China on the special flight.

A charter flight with 200 seats could leave Frankfurt for Shanghai Pudong airport on May 25, with passengers subject to mandatory COVID-19 tests before departure.

Passengers will need proof of a negative COVID-19 test result valid for 48 hours before their departure issued by their company doctor, local health authorities, or an institute providing commercial tests.

Upon arrival in China, they will need to take another COVID-19 and antibody test and have to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 48 hours in Shanghai.

According to AFP, the expected economy-class ticket price is around 2,500 euros ($2,700). The cost for COVID-19 testing, accommodation, and transport involved in the return to China will be borne by companies.

Published on: May 18, 2020 10:22:08

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