Ultimate Summary on the Updated Health Code application by the Chinese embassy in the US

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In this post, we will provide you a short and sweet guide on the updated health code application by the Chinese embassy in the US:

1. Go to the departure city seven days before the flight’s departure

After arrival, take the first PCR test (if the flight departs on January 15, then you can do the test at any time on January 8)

2. Conduct seven days of personal health monitoring at the departure city

You can download the Personal Health Monitoring Form from here for tracking.

3. Take the required tests two days before departure depending on your vaccination status:

Vaccination StatusTests Required
Fully vaccinated with inactivated vaccines 2 PCR tests at two different designated laboratory institutions
Not vaccinated/ not fully vaccinated/ vaccinated with non-inactivated vaccines. – 1 PCR, test
– 1 S-protein IgM serum antibody test
– 1 N-protein IgM serum antibody test
The tests are to be done at designated laboratory institution.

If the flight departs on January 15, then you can do the tests at any time on January 13, 14 or 15.

4. Submit the application for the Health code

Note: Make sure to leave enough time to get the Health Code.

The general checklist is as follows:

  • Nucleic acid rt-PCR, S protein IgM antibody, or N protein IgM antibody tests results, Personal Health Monitoring Form (based on the requirements mentioned above);
  • Flight itinerary;
  • Passport, Chinese visa or resident permit.

The following documents are according to the health status:

Health StatusDocuments Required
Vaccinated – Letter of Commitment on COVID-19 Vaccination (download from here)
– Vaccination certificate
– Infection history
– Are a close contact
– Show suspected symptoms
– Two PCR tests with a sampling interval of over 24 hours, and both tests return negative results.
– Lung CT or X-ray and have the imaging diagnosis report before the second nucleic acid rt-PCR test.
– Self-quarantine for at least 14 days and record your daily body temperature and health conditions using this form after the second PCR test.
– If you develop any symptoms such as fever, cough, diarrhea during the self-quarantine, take another nucleic acid rt-PCR test.
If the result is negative, start a 14-day quarantine again. If the result is positive, you will need to wait until you recover and redo the whole process.