No obligation of negative test results for Chinese travellers to the US

 Thursday, March 16, 2023 


When enquired about the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directive repealing the obligatory condition for a negative COVID-19 test outcome for travelers from China to the U.S., Ivan Quichocho, Marianas Visitors Authority board member said that it is indeed an affirmative improvement for the tourism segment.

Quichocho said that this update clearly makes it stress-free for Chinese tourists to visit Saipan once more.

The CNMI visa waiver permits tourists from China, as well as Hong Kong, to visit the Commonwealth for 14 days and not 45 days, as previously stated, devoid of a U.S. visa.

This move is effective from March 10. CDC said that passengers of flights are no longer required to be tested and provide negative test results of COVID-19 or produce certification of recovery from COVID-19, before getting on flights to the U.S. from the People’s Republic of China, Macau and Hong Kong.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official, they will no longer need evidence of negative COVID checks.

Before the worldwide spread of the pandemic in 2020, China stood as the CNMI’s second major tourism market following South Korea.

Entrances from China, which totaled 185,550 in 2019, declined to 18,550 in 2020. In 2021 and 2022, there were an aggregate of 198 entrances from China.

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