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Chinese officials recently outlined the procedures recipients of “non-inactivated” U.S. COVID-19 vaccinations should follow when applying for QR health codes to travel from the U.S. to China.
Additional Information: Travelers who have received a Chinese-made “inactivated” vaccine should follow the same process described above only they do not need to request the N protein antibody test. Applicants with a negative PCR test and positive IgM antibody test result after being vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine can apply for a health code as usual. Unvaccinated travelers may still complete “double testing” and apply for a QR health code through the WeChat App (for Chinese nationals) or online through this website (for non-Chinese travelers). More information is available here.
Analysis & Comments: Travel to China remains restricted. Applicants in the United States must have an urgent reason to travel to China and must contact the embassy or consulate with jurisdiction over the location of the airport of final departure to get their travel approved before departing. While unvaccinated travelers can still apply for a QR health code to travel to China, they will likely only be approved in the most urgent of situations. In Deloitte’s experience, inoculated travelers have a better chance of obtaining a QR health code than those who are not inoculated with a similar urgency to travel to China.
The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in China and other countries.
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