Sep 02, 2020 07:47 PM

Direct International Flights to Beijing to Resume

What’s new: Beijing will gradually resume direct international flights starting from Thursday, five months after they were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a statement (link in Chinese) published by China’s Civil Aviation Administration.

The first batch includes flights from Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Canada. Fewer imported cases have been reported among travelers from the eight countries, the aviation regulator said in the statement.

Beijing’s municipal government said at a press conference Wednesday that the Beijing-bound travelers will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine and return two negative nucleic acid tests for Covid-19. The number of passengers will be capped to around 500 per day during trial operations.

The background: In late March, the Civil Aviation Administration of China ordered all international flights to Beijing to be diverted to airports in 12 other cities as their first port of entry, in an effort to contain imported Covid-19 cases.

The authorities will re-impose such curbs on Beijing-bound flights if three or more confirmed cases are found on an international flight into the city, according to the statement.

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