On Friday, November 11, 2022, China announced changes in several Covid-19 travel policies. Here’s what you need to know:
- The quarantine requirement has been shortened, from 10 days to 8 days. Travelers will be required to quarantine at a government-operated facility for five days, followed by three days at home.
- Travelers only need to provide one negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of boarding their flight. Previously, travelers needed to provide two negative tests.
- The “circuit-breaker” rule has ended. This rule penalized international airlines that arrived with many passengers who would test positive for Covid-19. Flights were cancelled at the last minute, creating difficulties for next travelers.
Chinese authorities have specified that the easing will be carried out gradually and will depend on the evolution of the pandemic in China.
Chinese Embassy in France website updated with the new requirement for PCR test, accessible here.
China, which has a firm “Zero Covid” policy, is one of the last countries in the world maintaining high entry requirements. However, it has been making them more flexible since the summer, when the need for a “pre-agreement” in the form of a PU letter had already been lifted.