On Monday, the National Health Commission announced that China will no longer require inbound travelers to go into quarantine starting from Jan. 8.
This is a major step towards easing curbs on its borders, which have been largely shut since 2020. China’s management of Covid-19 will also be downgraded to the less strict Category B from the current top-level Category A.
The health authority said in a statement that the disease has become less virulent and will gradually evolve into a common respiratory infection.
Strict requirements on inbound travelers had remained in place, including five days of mandatory quarantine at a government-supervised facility and three more of isolation at home; however, these restrictions will be removed from Jan. 8.
Travelers entering China will still have to undergo PCR testing 48 hours before departure.