China to scrap quarantine measures for overseas visitors from Jan 8

Visitors will still be required to present a negative PCR test result.

Sherlyn Sim

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Published: 27 December 2022, 5:48 PM

Overseas visitors will no longer be required to undergo quarantine upon arrival in China starting from Jan 8, the National Health Commission (NHC) announced on Monday (Dec 26).

However, they will still be required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 48 hours before departure. Visitors will also be required to wear a mask on board flights to China.

NHC explained that from Jan 8, COVID-19 will be handled with Class B measures, which are less stringent than the previous Class A measures.

This is the latest in a series of moves as China relaxes its zero-COVID policy, including the removal of mandatory testing and lockdowns earlier this month. The policy had sparked protests in late November due to its harsh restrictions and lockdowns.

According to the NHC’s announcement, China intends to increase vaccination rates among the elderly as well as promote the concept that everyone is responsible for their own personal health.

It also aims to promote good personal hygiene as the nation relaxes COVID-19 measures, including frequent hand washing and wearing a mask, as well as taking preventive measures such as avoiding crowded areas if you are a person at high risk.

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