Penalties, criminal charges for those making false health declarations

Updated: 2020-03-18


Members of a working group of Qingtian county, Zhejiang province verify information of returned passengers at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, March 3, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Travelers from overseas who make false health and travel declarations will be warned or fined and be given a black mark in Shanghai's social credit rating system, according to the municipal justice bureau.

A person with a black mark in the social credit rating system in Shanghai will not be able to receive municipal subsidies or financial aid for their medical expenses. They will also not be allowed to start new businesses in the city, said Liu Ping, an official with the bureau.

In addition, criminal charges will be filed against those who, after making an untruthful declaration, spread the virus or pose a serious risk of infecting others.

Liu reminded the public at the daily news conference on Mar 17 that "inbound travelers are obliged to report their true health conditions" and that hiding virus-related matters could "cause serious consequences and leave life-long regrets."

On Mar 16, China's Supreme Court issued a national notice stating those who falsely report their health information upon entering China could face criminal charges.

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