People leaving China shall first obtain a formal certificate to prove they do not have any symptoms of SARS, according to a regulation of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
The quarantine authority made the regulation according to the relevant law on public health in a bid to prevent international spread of the disease.
SARS cases have been found in over 30 countries and regions across the world and over 100 countries have taken restrictive measures on the entry and visa application of people from countries and areas affected by SARS, and some require formal certificates showing travelers carry no SARS syndromes, according to the AQSIQ.
The examination must be done within three days of departure in the international travel health care centers under the AQSIQ.
Examinations should be carried out according to the specific requirements of the destination countries, which have been posted on the web site www.fmprc.gov.cn.
(Xinhua News Agency June 5, 2003)