Global authorities are planning to impose restrictions on travelers from China as the country’s Covid-19 cases continue to rise following the easing of “zero-Covid” rules.
They are concerned about the wave of infections, citing a lack of information on alternatives from China. China has rejected criticism of its Covid data, saying it hopes future mutations will be more contagious but less severe.
Below is a list of procedures for travelers from China.
Areas where the curbs are placed
Starting January 5, the United States will require travelers traveling from China to be tested for Covid-19. All air passengers aged two years or older must have a negative test two days prior to departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that US citizens should reconsider whether to travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.
Britain will require passengers traveling from China to test negative for Covid-19 before taking off from January 5, the Department of Health said on Friday.
France will require travelers from China to have a negative Covid test 48 hours before departure, the Ministry of Health and Transport said on Friday.
France will start random PCR Covid tests on some travelers from China starting January 1, a government official told reporters.
Travelers from China to Australia will be required to have a negative Covid-19 test from January 5, Australian Health Minister Mark Butler said on Sunday, joining other nations that have imposed similar restrictions as the number of cases in China rises.
The country has mandated negative Covid-19 test results for travelers from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Thailand, the health minister said. Passengers from these countries will be subject to a curfew if they develop symptoms or test positive.
Passengers flying from China to Canada must test negative for Covid-19 two days before departure, Ottawa said on Saturday, joining other countries that have implemented such restrictions.
Japan will require travelers from mainland China to test negative for Covid-19. Those who test positive will be quarantined for 7 days. China’s new border measures took effect at midnight on December 30. The government will also limit requests by airlines to increase flights to China.
Italy has ordered Covid-19 antigen swabs and virus sequencing for all travelers from China. Milan’s main airport, Malpensa, has already begun testing passengers from Beijing and Shanghai. “This measure is necessary for surveillance and detection of possible variants of the virus to protect the Italian population,” Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said.
Tourists from China in Spain will be required to either test negative for Covid-19 or be fully vaccinated against the disease, the country’s Health Minister Carolina Darias has announced.
Malaysia will screen all incoming travelers for fever and test sewage from flights from China for Covid-19, Minister Zaliha Mustafa said in a statement.
According to Taiwan’s Epidemic Control Center, all passengers traveling by direct flights from China and by boat to the two offshore islands will be required to undergo a PCR test starting Jan. 1.
South Korea will require travelers from China to test negative for Covid before leaving, South Korea’s News1 reported on Friday.
Morocco will ban people from China, regardless of nationality, from January 3 to prevent a new wave of coronavirus infections, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.
Position control situation
Manila’s Health Department said on Saturday that the Philippines will need to step up and implement border checks on people entering China, where the number of Covid-19 cases is at a record high.