Navigate growing scrutiny as a foreigner with these COVID-19 phrases
With foreigners unable to enter China for the foreseeable future, it's likely inevitable that expats will encounter growing scrutiny.
When language becomes an issue, try to have the contact of a Chinese friend on hand, and should you need to navigate a particularly tricky situation, have your embassy's details noted down somewhere.
In the meantime, here are some phrases that will hopefully see you through day-to-day encounters.
I have already completed my 14-day quarantine.
wǒ yǐ jīng gé lí guò shí sì tiān le.
I have stayed in Beijing this entire time, and never left the country.
wǒ yī zhí dāi zài běi jīng，méi chū guò guó
I have taken a nucleic acid test and the result was negative.
wǒ zuò guò hé suān jiǎn cè le，shì yīn xìng
I have never been to Hubei.
wǒ méi qù guò hú běi.
I am from xxx (country name), which is not a severely affected area.
wǒ lái zì xxx, nà lǐ yì qíng bù yán zhòng.
This is my pass. (For buildings, compounds, offices, etc.)
zhè shì wǒ de chū rù zhèng.
Wait a moment. I'll call my friend for a better translation.
shāo děng, wǒ gěi péng yǒu dǎ gè diàn huà, qǐng tā bāng wǒ fān yì.
Please let me contact my embassy.
qǐng ràng wǒ hé dà shǐ guǎn lián luò yī xià.
I am sorry, it is hay fever that is making me sneeze and my nose run, not the coronavirus.
bù hǎo yì si, wǒ liú bí tì, dǎ pēn tì shì yīn wèi guò mǐn.
Remember, the best way to keep yourself and everyone safe is by staying up to date and aware of the current quarantine restrictions.