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After Three Years, China Set to Eliminate Travel Restrictions

China Eastern’s flagship Boeing 777-300ER at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Albert Kuan)

After being closed for three years, China will reopen its borders on January 8, 2023, and will eliminate the mandatory quarantine requirement for entry into the country, according to reports from the South China Morning Post.

The Asian giant was the first nation to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, because of which China closed entire cities, strict quarantines, and isolation of those infected.

Provincial health authorities are already prepared to meet the management plan for the reopening of the borders, as the country will only require a 48-hour PCR test for entry into the country.

A health official from the southern Guangdong province commented that they are already in preparations to open the border with Hong Kong. “It sets the direction for China’s Covid-19 control, which is more flexible and less disruptive to people’s lives,” the official said.

The airline industry in China was severely hit since January 2020 when airlines started canceling operations in the country, international passenger traffic dropped to record lows.

Major projects such as the Beijing-Daxing International Airport (PXK) stalled due to lack of foreign operators and low demand in the domestic market, and Chengdu-Tianfu International Airport (TFU) has been left without a date due to the pandemic situation.

With the opening of China’s borders, there’s a hope for foreign airlines to soon return to the country and for domestic operators to rebuild their international network.

This article was originally published by Rainer Nieves Dolande on Aviacionline in syndication with AirlineGeeks.


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