China eases some COVID testing rules for US, other travelers
BEIJING (Reuters) – China has removed some COVID-19 testing requirements for people flying in from countries like the United States and shortened pre-departure quarantine for some inbound passengers, as it revealed from the Omicron version Takes proper steps to deal with it.
According to a notice from the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States, starting Friday, travelers to the United States will no longer require an RT-PCR test for seven days prior to flight. The requirements for antibody tests have also been dispensed with.
The notice said those passengers would still be required to undergo two RT-PCR tests within 48 or 24 hours of their flights – another pre-flight antigen test depending on which airport they are flying from. Is.
But the passengers who have recovered from the previous infection will have to undergo six weeks of isolation before starting the further process, the notice said.
Travel in and out of China has declined as the country pursues “dynamic COVID zero” policies that include restrictions on the issuance and renewal of passports, mandatory quarantine for most passengers upon arrival and flight cancellations.
But Omicron’s short incubation period has led to a slight easing of restrictions on international travelers. The city of Beijing has reduced the quarantine period in centralized facilities from 14 days to 10 days upon arrival of travelers.
The Chinese embassy in Canada said on Thursday that the removal of RT-PCR testing seven days before flights and the elimination of antibody testing would apply to passengers traveling from Canada to China.
Embassies in the United Arab Emirates, Serbia and Bangladesh said on Wednesday they have removed some testing requirements and reduced the pre-departure quarantine period from 21 days to 10 days for employees of Chinese companies traveling to China.