China Announces New Round of Charter Flights to Bring Students Home From U.S.
What’s new: The Chinese embassy in the U.S. is chartering a new round of planes to fly home stranded Chinese students who have graduated and “encountered difficulties staying in the U.S.,” according to a statement (link in Chinese) released Tuesday.
The chartered flights will only be available to students and visiting scholars on F-1, J-1 and M visas whose student status has expired or is about to expire. Teachers and volunteers who have finished their terms at Confucius Institute in the U.S. also qualify to apply for a place on the flights.
Students waiting to be brought back by the chartered flights must produce valid negative Covid-19 test results taken within five days of boarding, in line with a new travel rule for all China-bound air passengers announced Tuesday.
The background: The Chinese embassy in the U.S. has arranged a total of 32 flights and has already brought home roughly 7,000 students amid the U.S.’s Covid-19 epidemic.
About 410,000 Chinese students are currently in the U.S. with many unable to return home as China’s civil aviation administration has drastically capped the number of international flights to China since March.
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