China to remove COVID-19 quarantine regulations for arriving travelers

China announced on Monday that it plans to drop a mandate requiring all travelers arriving from abroad to be quarantined, starting in January. 8, according to reports.

The Associated Press reported that the National Health Commission made the announcement as the latest effort to ease China’s measures to control COVID-19.

People wait for medical attention in the Fever Clinic area of ​​Tongren Hospital in Changning District, Shanghai, on December 23, 2022: China is battling a wave of coronavirus infections that has hit hard the elderly, but which has only caused a handful of deaths after the The government redefined the criteria by which fatalities from Covid-19 are counted.

People wait for medical attention in the Fever Clinic area of ​​Tongren Hospital in Changning District, Shanghai, on December 23, 2022: China is battling a wave of coronavirus infections that has hit hard the elderly, but which has only caused a handful of deaths after the The government redefined the criteria by which fatalities from Covid-19 are counted.
(Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP via Getty Images)

Under current conditions, all arriving passengers are required to quarantine in a hotel for five days, and then another three days once they arrive home.

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This is the first important step in opening up travel with the rest of the world. Before the change, visitors had to quarantine for up to three weeks.

Still, anyone visiting China from afar must have a negative virus test 48 hours before departure and wear a mask while on board their flight, a publication from the Chinese health commission said.

Residents receive a swab at a COVID-19 testing site in Chaoyang District in Beijing, Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Authorities ordered another three-day round of mass testing for residents in Chaoyang District after the detection of hundreds of cases of coronavirus related to a nightclub.

Residents receive a swab at a COVID-19 testing site in Chaoyang District in Beijing, Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Authorities ordered another three-day round of mass testing for residents in Chaoyang District after the detection of hundreds of cases of coronavirus related to a nightclub.
(AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China’s National Health Commission said last month that people with asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 and those with mild symptoms can now self-isolate at home instead of being forced into a state quarantine facility. In addition, authorities eased testing requirements and travel restrictions within the country, according to a 10-point plan released by the health authority.

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The changes to China’s COVID quarantine policy come as the country scrambles to get people over the age of 60 vaccinated.

The Associated Press reported that the National Health Commission announced in November. 29 which started a campaign to increase the vaccination rate of the Chinese elderly to avoid a health crisis.

A worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walks alongside people queuing to be tested at a mobile nucleic acid testing site amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China on June 10, 2022.

A worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) walks alongside people queuing to be tested at a mobile nucleic acid testing site amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China on June 10, 2022.
(Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

From December. On the 23rd, the number of people being vaccinated daily had increased to 3.5 million across the country, the National Health Commission announced. By early 2021, however, tens of millions of flu shots were being given every day.

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Many older Chinese fear possible side effects, such as blood clots and fever, which have been reported after getting vaccinated.

The AP also reported that more than 90 percent of people in China have been vaccinated, although only 66 percent of those over 80 have.

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