UNWTO: 32 countries have imposed entry restrictions for travelers from China

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32 countries around the world have imposed restrictions related to the coronavirus outbreak in China, reports UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

“By mid-January, 32 countries around the world had introduced special restrictions on the entry of tourists related to travel from China. These are mainly Asian and European countries,” the message says.

According to the organization, this could slow down the recovery of international tourism after the coronavirus pandemic, since until 2020 China was the most largest outbound tourism market in the world. In 2022, the number of international tourist trips was reported to be 63% of the pre-pandemic 2019 level.

On January 8, the Chinese authorities lifted part of the restrictions on travel to the country for foreign tourists and the departure of their citizens abroad. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, following the abandonment of the “zero tolerance for covid” policy, many governments have begun imposing entry restrictions on tourists who have been in China before traveling to their country. In particular, Japan, South Korea, India, the United States, Spain, Italy and many other countries require such passengers to have a negative coronavirus test result or proof of vaccination, some have introduced mandatory testing.

How According to CNN, according to the Italian authorities, more than half of the 212 passengers on the plane that arrived in Milan from China in late December were infected with the coronavirus.

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