Travel restrictions

China announced easing restrictions on international travel

One of the world’s largest economies has announced that it is easing some of its travel restrictions. On Friday November 11, 2022, China announced the adjustment of several of its strict travel policies related to Covid-19. Here’s what you need to know.

Travel restrictions in China

Effective immediately, travelers to China only need to provide one negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of boarding their flight. Previously, travelers had to provide two negative tests.

Additionally, international passengers with a permanent address in China will be quarantined for five days (instead of seven), followed by three days of home isolation. Unfortunately, international travelers without a permanent address in China will still need to complete an eight-day hotel quarantine. However, on a positive note, this is two days less than the previous ten day requirement.

The quarantine requirement has also been shortened for close contacts of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and have a permanent address in China. They will now have to be quarantined in a government-run facility for five days, followed by three days at home. They previously had to be quarantined for seven days plus an additional three days at home.

Secondary contacts (those who are close contacts of people considered close contacts of people with Covid-19) no longer have to report contact tracing details and no longer have to self-quarantine .

Additional Changes

The controversial “circuit breaker” rule has also come to an end. This rule penalized international airlines that arrived with passengers who tested positive for Covid-19. Flights were suspended at the last minute, creating hardship for travellers. At one point, China had canceled 26 Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines flights due to the policy. This has led to tensions between the United States and China.

Summary

While these changes don’t end travel restrictions, they do provide some relief and can save money if a member of the traveling party tests positive for Covid-19. The end of the “circuit breaker” rule may also help more travelers to China. However, there are reports of a Covid-19 surge in China, which could once again disrupt travel.

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