COVID-19 testing upon arrival will be scrapped, and as long as passengers’ health declarations are normal and they show no signs of illness in a routine checkup while clearing customs, they will not be subject to any special restrictions while in the country.
Since March 2020, travelers to the Chinese mainland have been required to quarantine, typically at a designated hotel for about 14 days. The quarantine policy, which has evolved over time, currently requires five days of quarantine at a centralized facility, followed by three days at home.
In addition, restrictions on international flights, such as the “Five-One” policy — a rule under which a single country can only send one flight from one airline via one route once per week — will also be lifted, but in-flight mask wearing will still be required, the State Council said.
It added that visa arrangements for foreigners to enter the country for work, business, study, family reunions or other social events will be improved, while restrictions on outbound travel will also be eased.
“In light of the international epidemic situation and service capacity, the outbound travel of Chinese citizens will be resumed in an orderly manner,” it said.