China: From January 8, 2023, no quarantine for inbound arrivals; and Covid-19 downgraded from category A to B

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China’s decision to cease quarantine for inbound travellers from 8 January fuels hopes for the revival of the world’s second-largest economy

Chinese people, cut off from the rest of the world for three years by Covid-19 curbs, flocked to travel sites ahead of borders reopening, even as rising infections further strained the health system and hurt the economy.

In a major step, China will stop requiring inbound travellers to go into quarantine from 8 January the National Health Commission said late on Monday. Asian markets rose on Tuesday on hopes for the revival of the world’s second-largest economy.

Data from travel platform Ctrip showed that within half an hour of the news, searches for popular cross-border destinations had increased 10-fold. Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, South Korea were the most sought-after, Ctrip said.

Data from another platform, Qunar, showed that within 15 minutes of the news, searches for international flights jumped seven-fold, with Thailand, Japan and South Korea at the top of the list.

China’s management of Covid will also be downgraded to the less strict Category B from the current top-level Category A from 8 January, the health authority said. The change means authorities will no longer be compelled to quarantine patients and their close contacts and lock down regions.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/27/rush-to-book-flights-as-china-eases-covid-rules-and-borders-set-to-open?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_b-gdnnews&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1672126846

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