China relaxes pre-departure requirement for travel restrictions

China has relaxed its pre-departure requirement for overseas travelers as announcements from May 20, 2022. The new rules show that some previously required pre-departure tests have been removed, including nucleic acid testing one or two weeks prior to boarding, mandatory health monitoring and IgM antibody testing.

Under the newly adjusted policy, people traveling to China will only be required to complete two nucleic acid tests within 48 hours before boarding and one antigen test within 12 hours before boarding. Those who test negative will be given a health code and allowed to board the plane. Please note that nucleic acid and antigen samples must be collected and tested at a laboratory institution on the list provided by the Chinese Embassy or Consulates. There will be no additional requirements for those who have recovered from infections.

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Now, the Chinese Emabaies in most countries have issued similar adjustments to the requirements for travel to China, including the Chinese Embassy in the US, UK, France, Netherlands, Japan, UAE, Ireland, Denmark, Serbia, Rwanda, etc,

The policy change takes into account the characteristics of the latest prevalent Omicron mutant strain and is unlikely to pose a risk to China’s domestic COVID-19 fight. The result of this policy will provide reference for the further easing of COVID-19 measures.

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