Under a change that took effect Aug. 30, China is no longer requiring a negative COVID-19 test result as a condition for entry.

Key Points:

  • The removal of the testing requirement will ease the entry process for travelers coming to China.
  • The action marks a further relaxation of China’s tough policy on pandemic restrictions. In January, China ended quarantines of citizens returning from foreign countries and has expanded the number of countries to which Chinese citizens may travel.
  • The move marks a milestone in China’s efforts to reopen to the world.

Background: Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, China initiated strict COVID policies and entry restrictions. China has moved to reopen this year, reopening for tourist travel in March and simplifying testing requirements in April. The removal of the negative-test requirement for visitors aligns with China’s goal of fully reopening its economy and reviving its travel industry.

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