The Chinese government recently announced it will end its requirement for travelers to quarantine upon arrival beginning Jan. 8.

Key Points:

  • Individuals traveling to China must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure.
  • Travelers must declare their negative test results to China Customs by completing a health declaration form via the China Customs app or at this website.
  • Upon arrival, individuals who show symptoms during their entry inspection will be required to take an antigen test. If they test positive, they will be required to self-quarantine.
  • Travelers will no longer need to obtain a green health code from a Chinese consular office or embassy before departure.

BAL Analysis: After nearly three years, China is moving toward reopening its borders as the country greatly reduces its COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The Chinese health agency has downgraded COVID-19 from a Class A to a Class B infectious disease, allowing for less stringent health management regulations. China is expected to announce measures to facilitate foreign travel to the country for work, business, study, family visits and reunions in the near future. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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