China’s customs office has said that the government continues to demand overseas passengers to complete pre-departure COVID-19 tests and quarantine upon arrival, despite the fact that the country has relaxed certain reporting requirements for travelers through customs.
China maintains some of the most rigorous COVID-19 laws in the world, despite the fact that it has reduced the length of time in quarantine and eliminated part of the criteria for testing and self-isolation for overseas travelers entering the country.
It was announced on Thursday by Chinese customs that the necessity for travelers to disclose COVID tests, past illnesses, and vaccination dates when they pass customs has been deleted in order to simplify the entrance process and make it more pleasant.
In a statement released on Friday for the purpose of providing clarity, the customs office said in reference to the modification in the reporting criteria that “This is not a lessening of COVID control.”
“The conditions for the COVID that are imposed on incoming travelers have not been significantly altered.”
According to the websites of several Chinese embassies, travelers who want to visit China from a country other than China are still required to submit tests and any other COVID-related information to Chinese embassies in order to get digital health credentials and board their flights.
The number of foreign flights into and out of China has remained low in comparison to the time before the epidemic, which has made it more difficult for many people to make trip arrangements.