China has lately experienced an epidemic rebound that has pushed a dozen cities to a strict or partial lockdown, and mass testing.
Since the end of June 2022, however, the government has reduced the quarantine period imposed on international travelers. From 21 days before, the period during which all travelers entering the Chinese territory are put in quarantine decreases to 7 and 3 days of self-monitoring at home.
In addition, anyone who has been in close contact with someone tested positive must be tested on days 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 of the quarantine period. During the following 3-day isolation period, a test must be taken on the 3rd day.
This measure happens in a context of very strict sanitary policy, which impacts not only travelers wishing to go to China and facing quarantine plus the very reduced airlines connections current troubles, but also Chinese citizens: the latter are subject to strong constraints to leave the country, essential travel is not authorized and the issuance of passports is suspended.
Cooling meaures such as this reduction in the quarantine period, and the fact that some foreign students were able to obtain visas for the first time since March 2020, are categorized by the Chinese government as mere “adjustments”.
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