Because majority Chinese travellers are restricted from vacationing abroad, cabin fever pent up domestic travelling have been on the rise. All of Mainland, not just within Yunnan.
Chinese citizens are also required to use this new movement tracker at various entry points of tourist destinations outside Kunming. I've witnessed this first hand, just not at Kunming Changshui Airport's domestic departure for Chinese citizens
For foreigners with language barrier, airline check-in attendants may guide you through the mini program registration process after WeChat circular barcode is scanned. They'd actually take your phone to make sure both greens for health code and movement tracker are not screenshots.
I've wondered if and when WeChat will become mandatory for all foreigners in China. For years I've dwelled quite contentedly without it, even as traveller on plane and train. But such times may be coming to an end.
Alipay is the alternative competing app with WeChat - both for social media and an electronic wallet.
I just put Alipay on my phone.
Despite the fact that language was set to English, almost everything was in Chinese.
Um...yeah...there's that language issue thing.
Here's a weird fact - WeChat requires a bank account to activate WeChat pay - but alipay doesn't...
Updated movement tracker Wechat mini program for domestic air passengers:
Search for 国务院客户端 (guo wu yuan ke hu duan)
Second row to the right click on 防疫行程卡 (fang yi xingcheng ka)
Next screen, SMS verification required.
Hopefully followed by large circle encased green arrow pointing up, showing your phone number and date above (to be renewed after 14 days).
Make screenshot. This will be presented upon arrival at other airports in China.
Yunnan health code from Wechat mini program still required, though different mini program health codes tailored for other Provinces may be needed as well. Best activate them in advance prior to leaving Kunming for convenience sake.