Factbox: COVID rules for travellers from China rolled out around the world

BEIJING, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Several destinations around the world have imposed restrictions on travelers from China amid a surge in COVID-19 after Beijing eased strict “zero-COVID” measures. They cite China’s lack of knowledge about the variety and worry about a wave of infections.

China has rejected criticism of its statistics and said it expects future changes to be likely to be more dangerous but less severe.

Below is a list of rules for travelers from China:

United States

The US will implement mandatory COVID-19 testing on travelers from China starting January 5. All air travelers 2 years of age and older will need a negative test result two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said Americans should also reconsider travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.

India

The health minister said that the country has made it mandatory for passengers coming from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand to report a negative COVID-19 test. Travelers from these countries will be quarantined if they show symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

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Japan

Japan will require a negative COVID-19 test for travelers arriving from mainland China. Those who come positive will have to stay in quarantine for seven days. The new border measures for China will come into effect from midnight on December 30. The government will also limit requests by airlines to increase flights to China. Hong Kong’s government has asked Japan to withdraw a ban requiring passenger flights from the financial center to land at four designated Japanese airports, saying the decision would affect around 60,000 passengers.

Italy

The country has ordered COVID-19 antigen swabs and virus screening for all travelers arriving from China. Milan’s main airport, Malpensa, had already started screening passengers arriving from Beijing and Shanghai. “This measure is necessary to monitor and detect possible strains of the virus to protect the Italian population,” said Minister Orazio Schalci, announcing mandatory testing for travelers.

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Taiwan

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center said all passengers arriving on direct flights from China, as well as by boat to the two offshore islands, will be required to undergo PCR tests on arrival.

Taiwan will test travelers from China for COVID-19 from January 1.

Countries to Consider Travel Crabs

United Kingdom

Britain will consider imposing COVID-19 restrictions on arrivals from China, including requiring coronavirus tests, the Telegraph reported. Officials from the Department for Transport, the Home Office and the Department of Health and Social Care will decide on Thursday whether the UK should follow the US and Italy in imposing Covid restrictions on travelers from China, the report said.

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Countries monitoring the situation

Australia

The country said it was not making any changes to its rules on allowing travelers from China to enter. “There is no change to travel advice at this time but we continue to monitor the situation, as we continue to monitor the impact of COVID. Here in Australia as well as around the world,” Prime Minister Anthony Albany said.

The Philippines

The Southeast Asian country is “extremely cautious” and may impose measures such as screening requirements on visitors from China, but not an outright ban, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said Wednesday.

Compiled by Bernard and; Edited by Gerry Doyle

Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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