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Covid testing, Anyone had one done in Kunming.

Xiefei (539 posts) • 0

I found it. It's not an outbreak. There was a shipment of car parts from Beijing suspected of contamination. COVID was detected at a workplace in Dali. A bunch of people have been tested, and several quarantined, but so far no one has tested positive.

Source is the official Dali Weibo: m.weibo.cn/3071103322/4588944086534169

tigertigerathome (169 posts) • +1

Went to Kunhua hospital for the Covid19 test this morning about 1030am. The queues were horrendous. Went shopping instead.
Returned for the test this afternoon. No queue at all, we went straight in, less than 2 minutes later it we were all done. Afternoon testing from 2-5, results collection after 8pm the same evening.

Collection at Kunhua - Print out from a customer computer terminal yourself. When you register you get a swipe card. This goes into any one of the hospital many customer self serve terminals. You use these terminals to book appointments, pay for consults, treatment, and drugs, etc. The terminals will also print out your test results on A4 paper, these reports are bar coded.

In short, forget the am test, go for the pm test and you still get your results the same day.

AlPage48 (1371 posts) • 0

Thanks tigertiger.
Two questions:

1. Is the report bilingual?

I'll need it on arrival in Canada.
2. My airline friend reminded me to be sure the passport number was included on the report.

Was it?

If not, write it on the top.

AlPage48 (1371 posts) • 0

@tigertiger - I may have discovered why the hospital was so busy for covid tests.

My wife was at Yan'an hospital yesterday for an appointment.

They're requiring everyone entering the hospital as a patient or visitor to have a test.

She said the line was huge. I can't see just one hospital doing this in isolation.

tigertigerathome (169 posts) • 0

@AlPage, the certificate from Kunhua was not bilingual, nor did it have my passport number, just my name. Interestgly enough, my wife did say that our test results have been added to our green health code app on the phones.

In our initial search we did phone the Yunnan International Travel Hygiene Healthcare Centre 云南国际旅行卫生保健中心 (where they do the visa medicals) www.gokunming.com/[...] . They do Covid19 tests as well, and may be able to provide the format for international travel. It might be worth you giving them a call.

AlPage48 (1371 posts) • 0

Does anyone know if Covid testing is done daily even during the holiday?

I'll be travelling this week and hope to get the test done on Monday which is till the 3rd day of the holiday period.

My wife insists that I use Yan'an hospital.

AlPage48 (1371 posts) • 0

I can now answer my own question.

Covid testing at Yan'an hospital did continue through the holiday, and despite my wife's insistence that results were not available till next day I got them back same day.

I could not have done everything required without a Chinese speaking helper.

We had to start the day with registration.

It's 10 years since I've come to this hospital for anything so we were starting from scratch.

Creating a new patient record required my passport, which I brought with me.

The hospital's computer system did not have a big enough entry field for a foreign name. Once registered we simply lined up at another desk to get the requisition slip for the test.

We could have paid at the machines in the lobby but they didn't recognize things properly because of my name.

Those machines are also impossible to use by somebody who cannot READ Chinese.

Once paid we went outside to yet another line to get the testing swab/vial, then on to the 5th line for the actual test which was quick.

Getting the report back this afternoon was difficult even for my wife who can read Chinese.

The machines at the hospital are not exactly user friendly.

We did finally get the report.

I tested negative!

duke is me (62 posts) • 0

Would any of our errands & ordeals be any less strange if we spoke the native tongue?

Probably not..
This weekend I will be tested at LAX; 3-5 hour procedure @ $125-150.
They have set-up 3 separate sites underneath bright circus tents, appropriately enough..
Good luck !

Geezer (1953 posts) • 0

@duke: Latest info at LAX, April 5, 2021: www.flylax.com/travelsafely


Travel and Quarantine Requirements as of April 5, 2021

Required City of Los Angeles Traveler Form
Travelers arriving into LAX from outside California are required to fill out the online City of Los Angeles Traveler Form, acknowledging they have read, understand and will abide by the LA County Department of Public Health's Travel Requirement, and understand the State of California’s Travel Advisory. Travelers over the age of 16 must submit this form online prior to or upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, or Union Station. Failure to submit the form is punishable by a fine of up to $500

Quarantine Guidelines for LA County
As of April 5th, 2021, the LA County travel advisory allows fully vaccinated individuals arriving into LA County to no longer have to self-quarantine provided they follow safety recommendations.
All unvaccinated non-essential travelers arriving in or returning to the County of Los Angeles from other states or countries must:

Quarantine for seven full days after travel if they get a negative COVID-19 viral test result collected 3-5 days after their arrival.
Quarantine for 10 full days after travel if they did not get tested with a COVID-19 viral test after their travel.
Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after travel, avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness and isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.
More Information:

The LA County Travel Advisory and Guidance and further information related to it can be found here:

The State of California Travel Advisory can be found here:


duke is me (62 posts) • 0

Thanks for the heads-up, @Geezer..
The city of LA traveller form is 404 at this point..
We can't get vaccinated in China..
My travel is essential, in transit at LAX, onward to Istanbul,
so a quarantine doesn't seem appropriate..
Cheers !

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