China lifts flight bans and shortens quarantine period

China lifts flight bans and shortens quarantine period

Since the beginning of the pandemic, China has introduced practice: if a certain number of passengers on the same flight tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, the airline concerned was prohibited from operating flights to China for a period of one to two weeks.

The system made the organization of flights in China is risky because the plane could be deployed at the last minute. In addition to strict quarantine rules, international airlines have also canceled most flights due to unpredictable restrictions by Chinese authorities.

National Health Commission statement confirms that China will lift its policy of automatically enabling the flight ban and shorten the quarantine by two days .

Currently, arriving passengers must quarantine at a designated hotel or government facility for seven days, and then spend three more days in isolation at home.

According to the new quarantine rules , tourists will be placed in a three-day quarantine at the hotel and isolated for another three days. This is due to the fact that the incubation period of the latest variants of COVID-19 is much shorter than that of the original strain.

In total, there are 20 items on the list of measures to weaken the control of the pandemic. This is the most significant reduction in restrictions since the beginning of 2020 and a sign that China is looking to change its “zero COVID” policy, which effectively isolated the country from the rest of the world for two and a half years.

The innovations announced in Friday will obviously appeal to Chinese citizens, and airlines are already anticipating a huge surge in bookings.

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