The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it will require anyone arriving by plane from China to provide a negative Covid-19 test, following a surge in Covid-19 cases in China as Beijing eased its strict zero covid rules.
According to the new rules, which will come into force in January. 5, anyone aged two years or older will be required to show a negative test result within two days of their departure from airports in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, administration officials told reporters in an information session.
The move reflects the Biden administration’s alarm about the possible overflow of new Covid variants linked to the rise in Covid infections in China. The Chinese government ended its draconian zero-covid policy, based on mass testing, tracing and lockdowns, in December. 7 after mass protests in November fueled by anger over the strategy.