China has eased several covid measures for international travelers on Friday.
The changes relate to flight bans, testing and quarantine deadlines.
China is the last great economy to maintain strict COVID prevention policies, with its borders still tightly closed to most foreign nationals.
What are the latest travel restrictions in China?
Passengers on inbound flights to the Asian country will now have to show a single negative CPR test taken within 48 hours before boarding, according to the note released by China’s National Health Commission. Previously, two negative PCR tests were required.
International arrivals must now quarantine for eight days instead of ten, while authorities will no longer register secondary contacts for tracing, allowing many to avoid quarantine.
In today’s announcement, the controversial ‘circuit breaker‘ mechanism has also ended
The much-criticized rule meant that all international flights to China could be banned for one to two weeks when a “high” number of infected passengers were discovered on arrival.
This often led to flights be canceled at the last minute, creating significant disruption for travellers.
Many have often had to wait several weeks or even months before finding seats on a flight to China.
What are China’s COVID cases looking like right now?
The travel restriction changes come amid a COVID surge in China.
COVID cases have risen to their highest level in months, with officials saying there are nearly 4,000 high-risk areas across the country.
that of Beijing The zero-COVID policy has saved lives, with China home to 18% of the world’s population, despite hammering the economy and severely restricting the lives of citizens.
Some believe the easing of restrictions could stem from growing public anger in China over the lockdown measures.
There were sporadic protests and online criticism of the policies, with 200 blockages in place throughout China
The easing of restrictions has encouraged markets, although many experts still warn that the measures were gradual and reopening is likely to have stayed away.