The European Council recently recommended that member states introduce COVID-19 testing requirements for those traveling from China.

Key Points:

  • The Council recommends that member states require travelers from China to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours before departure from China.
  • The Council also encourages member states to randomly test passengers arriving from China for COVID-19.
  • In the event that the COVID-19 situation worsens, the Council said member states should decide in a coordinated manner to reintroduce appropriate requirements for travelers prior to departure. Such requirements could include vaccination or quarantine upon arrival.

Additional Information: Some member states, including France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands and Spain, have already introduced COVID-19 entry requirements for travelers from China.

BAL Analysis: Recent COVID-19 testing requirement changes make travel from China to certain countries more difficult. Countries may add entry requirements and restrictions with little or no notice because of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in China. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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