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New Health code Notice by the Chinese Embassy in Tunisia

At present, the global outbreak of the COVID-19 is still severe. The risk of cross-infection on international travel is relatively high. The Chinese Embassy in Tunisia recommends that Chinese citizens in Tunisia avoid any “non-essential and non-urgent” travel.

Chinese Embassy in Tunisia

To ensure the health and safety of those travelers and consolidate the hard-won results of epidemic prevention and control, the health code acceptance requirements by the Chinese embassy in Tunisia will be adjusted as follows starting from 0:00 January 17, 2021:

Acceptance requirements

Pre-trip inspection requirements

1 – Travelers who are fully vaccinated (full vaccination of two-dose inactivated vaccines requires two doses with the second dose received at least 14 days after the first dose. If the second dose is taken less than 14 days after the first dose, the receiver is regarded as not fully vaccinated):

  • Two PCR tests are required instead of one PCR test and one IgM test within 48 hours before boarding.
  • Both PCR tests must be done in Chinese Embassy-designated medical institutions and taken in two separate clinics.
  • Submit the vaccination certificate and sign the letter of Commitment on COVID-19 Vaccination when requesting the health QR Code.

2 – Unvaccinated travelers must undergo a nucleic acid and serum IgM and IgG antibody test within 48 hours before boarding.

3 – Passengers who have a COVID-19 infection (diagnosed with Covid-19 by a medical institution, or have a positive test record of PCR, IgM or IgG antibody test (not including positive test result due to vaccination), though never diagnosed with Covid-19 by a medical institution) must contact the Chinese embassy in Tunisia to submit the following documents 3 days before starting the 14-day quarantine:

  • Lung CT or X-ray and have the imaging diagnosis report issued by a local hospital
  • Two PCR tests with a sampling interval of over 24 hours, and both tests return negative results

After being approved by the embassy, can you then do self-quarantine for at least 14 days and record 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, you must take another PCR test.
If the result is negative, start the 14-day quarantine again.
If the result is positive, you will need to wait until you recover and redo the whole process.

4 – Health codes will not be issued to close contacts and persons with suspected symptoms: Relevant personnel must undergo 14 -day isolation management and health monitoring. During the period , they will need to go to designated testing institutions for PCR testing on the 1st, 4th, and 7th days.
If all the results are negative, pre-trip testing will be conducted according to the third category mentioned above.

Flight Requirements:

As there are no direct flights between China and Tunisia. The travel itinerary must contain only one transit.

Check the health code application requirements of the embassy and consulate in the transit place in advance, and arrange the transit time reasonably to perform the tests, get the new health code and avoid any unnecessary delays.

Designated institutions for testing:

You can refer here to the list of Chinese Embassy-designated medical institutions

Quarantine before the trip:

You must self-quarantine at least 14 days in advance, sign, and submit the Declaration of self-isolation and the Personal Health Monitoring Form.

The starting date of the self-quarantine does not include the flight departure day: for example, if the flight departure date is February 22, the 14th day before boarding is February 8.

It is strictly forbidden to go out except for pre-trip inspections, and the body temperature needs to be monitored and recorded daily. If the PCR test result is positive or symptoms appear during the quarantine period, the arrangement for returning to China must be suspended immediately.

Health Code Application procedure:

You can read about the procedure details here.