China devises easy border entry regulations

 Tuesday, September 20, 2022 

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The Chinese government released a set of proposed regulations on Monday in an effort to facilitate some foreigners’ visits to tourist destinations near the Chinese border.

Without providing specifics regarding places and dates, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism stated in a statement that tour groups organised by travel firms in border regions of China may choose their port of entry and leave “flexibly.”

Rules have been steadily eased in recent months, from permitting foreign students with legitimate residence permits to enter China to the resume of more direct flights between China and several nations.

Additionally, there is less of a foreign arrivals quarantine.

COVID-19 instances that are imported into Chinese cities near the border are frequently connected to overland crossings by both foreigners and Chinese citizens.

It is worth noting that China has more than ten nations, including Russia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam, that it borders.

Since the current coronavirus epidemic in 2020, China has closed its borders to international tourists, allowing only a limited number of foreigners, such as those with certain job visas, to enter the nation. 

Cross-border tourism may recover in the near future

Yang Jinsong,  head of the international tourism institute at China Tourism Academy, a state think-tank, suggests cross-border tourism will recover, though he avoids predicting when.

The tourist department cannot make such a determination; it is dependent upon the COVID situation and the results of virus control measures, he went on to add.

During the height of the COVID-19 epidemic, mandatory measures to monitor temperatures and utilise health kit apps or scan QR codes to prove travel history were in place at transportation hubs, hotels, commercial establishments, including restaurants, residential compounds, and other areas.

Travel between various regions of the country was still subject to movement restrictions and quarantine procedures.

Travellers from high- to medium-risk regions were required by several towns and provinces to spend 14 days in isolation at home or under centralised surveillance.

Local law enforcement also imposed quarantine and other COVID-19 procedures, such as PCR checks for entry into public buildings.


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