On May 29, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that it further eased restrictions on applicants for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing. Members of the public who require COVID-19 testing may visit designated hospitals to undergo COVID-19 testing at their own expense and obtain documents proving they have done the testing. Members of the public who are eligible for requesting COVID-19 testing at their own expense are as follows:
1. Those under home isolation or quarantine who need to attend a funeral of a deceased first or second degree relative or visit such relative with serious illness
2. Those who need to visit other countries/regions for an emergency involving their relatives overseas, including accidents or serious illness
3. Those requesting COVID-19 testing for work
4. Those requesting COVID-19 testing for studying abroad
5. Foreign nationals, mainland Chinese, Hong Kong or Macao residents requesting COVID-19 testing for departure
6. Family members of those listed above
7. Members of the public requiring COVID-19 testing for other reasons.
The number of designated hospitals which accept a request for COVID-19 testing at the applicant’s expense has increased from 18 to 37.