China to remove COVID-19 quarantine for foreigners

BEIJING (HPD) — China will remove the COVID-19 quarantine requirement for passengers arriving from abroad starting Jan. 8, the National Health Commission announced Monday, in the latest relaxation of virus control measures. .

Arriving passengers are currently required to self-isolate for five days in a hotel and then three days at home. Before, three weeks of quarantine were requested.

People arriving in China will still need a negative virus test 48 hours before departure and passengers will be required to wear face masks on board, the health commission said.

China abruptly removed many of its pandemic restrictions earlier this month, sparking widespread outbreaks that flooded hospital emergency rooms and funeral homes.

The move followed rare public protests against the restrictions, which have slowed the economy, putting people out of work and driving restaurants and shops out of business.

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