September 23, 2023

(Reuters) – Authorities all over the world are imposing or contemplating curbs on travellers from China as COVID-19 circumstances there surge following its leisure of “zero-COVID” guidelines. China has rejected criticism of its COVID knowledge.



America imposed obligatory COVID-19 checks on travellers from China starting Jan. 5. All air passengers aged two and older would require a adverse outcome from a check not more than two days earlier than departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned U.S. residents ought to rethink journey to China, Hong Kong and Macau.


European Union authorities officers beneficial on Wednesday that passengers flying from China to the EU ought to have a adverse COVID-19 check earlier than they board. Additionally they steered all passengers on flights to and from China ought to put on face masks, that EU governments introduce random testing of passengers arriving from China and that they check and sequence wastewater in airports with worldwide flights and planes arriving from China.


Unfavorable COVID-19 checks might be required for folks travelling by air from China to Cyprus from Jan. 15, the island’s well being ministry mentioned.


All travellers that use worldwide flights to and from China are beneficial to put on medical masks throughout flights; for worldwide travellers arriving from China or travelling to this nation are suggested to observe strict hygiene and well being measures, in keeping with Baltic Information Community.


Germany is working to implement new entry guidelines for travellers from China as quickly as doable, however it’s not doable to say when the primary flight might be affected, Well being Minister Karl Lauterbach mentioned on Thursday.


Air travellers to Greece from China should present they’ve examined adverse for COVID-19 48 hours earlier than arrival, a brand new requirement that might be introduced shortly, two authorities officers mentioned on Thursday.


Sweden would require travellers from China to indicate they’ve examined adverse for COVID earlier than they’ll enter the nation, the federal government mentioned.


The UK would require a pre-departure adverse COVID-19 check for passengers from China as of Jan. 5, the Division of Well being mentioned on Friday.


France would require travellers from China to supply a adverse COVID check outcome lower than 48 hours earlier than departure.

Beginning Jan. 1, France will perform random PCR COVID checks upon arrival on travellers coming from China, a authorities official informed reporters.

France has urged all 26 different European Union member states to check Chinese language travellers for COVID.


Travellers from China to Australia might want to submit a adverse COVID-19 check from Jan. 5, Australian Well being Minister Mark Butler mentioned.


The nation has mandated a COVID-19 adverse check report for travellers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand. Passengers from these international locations might be quarantined in the event that they present signs or check constructive.


Air travellers to Canada from China should check adverse for COVID-19 not more than two days earlier than departure, Ottawa mentioned.


The nation would require adverse coronavirus check outcomes inside 72 hours of passengers boarding direct flights from China, the prime minister mentioned on Jan. 4. That’s along with an current regulation that passengers who had been in China within the seven days previous to their flight might be topic to a COVID-19 check on arrival in Japan. Those that check constructive might be required to quarantine for seven days.


Italy has ordered COVID-19 antigen swabs and virus sequencing for all travellers from China. Milan’s predominant airport, Malpensa, has already began testing passengers arriving from Beijing and Shanghai.


Spain would require a adverse COVID-19 check or a full course of vaccination towards the illness upon arrival for travellers from China.


Malaysia will display all inbound travellers for fever and check wastewater from plane arriving from China for COVID-19.


Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre this month started requiring all passengers coming from China to take PCR checks upon arrival.


South Korea would require travellers from China, Macau and Hong Kong to supply adverse COVID check outcomes earlier than departure, well being authorities mentioned.


Morocco will impose a ban on folks arriving from China, no matter their nationality, from Jan. 3.


Qatar would require travellers arriving from China from Jan. 3 to supply a adverse COVID-19 check outcome taken inside 48 hours of departure, state information company QNA mentioned.


Belgium will check wastewater from planes arriving from China for brand new COVID variants as a part of new steps towards the unfold of the coronavirus, the federal government introduced final Monday.


Newly appointed Well being Minister Aryeh Deri introduced new COVID-19 testing necessities for travellers from China, becoming a member of different nations imposing restrictions due to a surge of infections, in keeping with the Occasions of Israel.


The Netherlands would require travellers from China to indicate proof of a latest adverse COVID-19 check earlier than they’ll enter the nation, the Dutch authorities mentioned on Friday. The requirement might be enforced from Tuesday.


Portugal would require air travellers from China to indicate proof of a adverse COVID-19 check accomplished not more than two days earlier than departure, its well being ministry mentioned on Friday.

The requirement took impact on Sunday and Portugal mentioned passengers from China on Saturday might be topic to random testing “for genomic sequencing of the variants in circulation, with a purpose to contribute to an sufficient evaluation of the epidemiological state of affairs”.


Thailand rescinded on Monday measures introduced by its aviation regulator a day prior requiring worldwide travellers to indicate proof of full COVID vaccination or letter certifying restoration from the virus earlier than flying into the nation.

The well being minister mentioned on Monday that proof of vaccination was not wanted as there was enough immunisation globally, whereas these not vaccinated could be granted entry with out restriction.



The Philippines sees a necessity to accentuate monitoring and implementation of border controls for incoming people particularly from China, Manila’s well being ministry mentioned.

(Compiled by Bernard Orr and Liz Lee; Enhancing by Neil Fullick)