China has loosened Restrictions on COVID-19 for Overseas Travelers

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After maintaining a stringent zero Covid policy throughout the pandemic, China eased some of its entrance restrictions on Tuesday by reducing the amount of time that incoming overseas travelers are required to remain in obligatory quarantine.

The new recommendation reduces the length of mandatory quarantine for international overseas travelers to seven days, followed by an additional three days of home monitoring. This represents a significant reduction from the previous total of approximately 21 days for both quarantine and home monitoring combined.

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As the pandemic continues to flare in other parts of the world, China has shut down its international borders as of March 2020, and the country’s number of foreign flights is still severely limited in an attempt to reduce the number of “imported” viral cases.

Since then, those arriving from other countries have been subjected to weeks of stringent surveillance as well as expensive quarantine in hotels and designated centers.

In accordance with the most recent set of policy recommendations for the prevention and control of COVID, which were released by the National Health Commission and the State Council, foreign overseas travelers who enter China would be required to undergo central quarantine for a period of just seven days.

Since April, an increasing number of “pilot” towns have already reduced the required centralized quarantine for overseas travelers to 10 days, and Beijing reduced its quarantine duration as well last month.

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However, Beijing maintains a “circuit breaker” mechanism, which means that routes are temporarily halted if sufficient positive passengers are identified on board. This regularly results in the cancellation of a few foreign flights.

In contrast to the rest of the world, China has steadfastly adhered to its zero Covid policy. The rest of the world, on the other hand, has largely relaxed most restrictions despite the emergence of the highly infectious but less life-threatening Omicron strain.

At the beginning of this month, China made it somewhat easier for foreigners to get restrictions, which will enable them to visit immediate family members and other foreign residents who have made China their permanent home.

During a conference held on Friday, officials from the Chinese aviation regulation agency said that they are in negotiations with more countries to progressively boost the number of flights to China.

For the first time since the pandemic began, overseas students from a variety of countries, including India and Pakistan, have been granted permission to return to China during the last few weeks.

However, the vast majority of experts are of the opinion that the revival of tourist arrivals is still quite some time away.

The Communist Party is scheduled to have one of its two congresses per decade in the fall, at which time the new top leadership will be proclaimed. The authorities will be eager to put down any internal unrest that may be on the rise during this time.

In spite of the growing costs to China’s sluggish economy, Chinese President Xi Jinping has made it clear on several occasions that he believes zero Covid is the proper policy.

In May, he made the commitment to “fight against any speech that distorts, challenges, or opposes China’s policies on the management of confidential information.”

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Since late 2021, Chinese nationals have been prohibited from taking “non-urgent, useless” journeys abroad, and the majority of passport renewals have been almost completely suspended. China has also severely limited the ability of its own people to overseas travel internationally.

People who have been recognized as close contacts of individuals sick in outbreaks that have occurred inside China no longer need to be placed in quarantine, as stated in the most recent set of rules.