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China slackens COVID restrictions for travellers

China has shortened quarantine requirements for travellers coming into the country, the National Health Commission said, and has announced some 20 measures outlining the country’s latest approach to tackling the pandemic

Travellers now need to quarantine for five days in a hotel or government quarantine facility, and then three days at home, with close contacts of people who test positive for the virus being subject to the same revised quarantine requirements.

Business Insider reports that travellers entering China will only have to take one pre-departure PCR test instead of two.

Previously, travellers had to spend seven days in quarantine in a hotel, followed by three days confined to home.

The country’s slackening on the restrictions comes as a surprise move amid President Xi Jinping’s stringent zero-COVID policy, especially with outbreaks in major cities like Beijing, Guangzhou and Zhengzhou.


Business Insider article – China just rolled out its biggest pullback on Covid restrictions and shortened quarantine for travellers (Open access)


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