One of the largest global economies has announced that it is easing some of its travel restrictions. On Friday, November 11, 2022, China announced its adjusting several of its strict Covid-19 travel policies. Here’s what you need to know.
China’s Travel Restrictions
Effective immediately, travelers to China only need to provide one negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of boarding their flight. Previously, travelers needed to provide two negative tests.
Additionally, international passengers with a permanent address in China will quarantine for five days (instead of seven), followed by three days of home isolation. Unfortunately, international travelers without a permanent address in China will still be required to do eight days of quarantine in a hotel. However, on a positive note, this is two days less than the previous ten-day requirement.
The quarantine requirement has also been shortened for close contacts of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and have a permanent address in China. They will now be required to quarantine at a government-operated facility for five days, followed by three days at home. They previously needed to quarantine for seven days plus another three days at home.
Secondary contacts (those who are close contacts of people deemed close contacts of those with Covid-19) no longer have to report contact tracing details and no longer have to quarantine.
The contentious “circuit-breaker” rule has also ended. This rule penalized international airlines that arrived with passengers who would test positive for Covid-19. Flights were suspended at the last minute, creating difficulties for travelers. At one point, China had canceled 26 flights from Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines due to this policy. This resulted in tensions between the United States and China.
While these changes aren’t an end to travel restrictions, they provide some relief and can save money if a member of the traveling party tests positive for Covid-19. The end to the “circuit-breaker” rule can also help more travelers get to China. However, there are reports of a Covid-19 surge in China, which could disrupt travel again.