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Dec 21, 2020 02:19 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

China Tightens Covid-19 Testing Rules for Travelers From U.S.

What’s new: The Chinese embassy in the United States has announced new rules for China-bound travelers due to the potential risk of importing Covid-19 and alleged testing evasions.

Starting on Wednesday, travelers are required to conduct an IgM serum antibody test through venous blood sampling instead of finger-prick blood testing, which will no longer be accepted, the embassy said in a statement released on Saturday.

The news also stipulated that passengers must take the pre-travel tests in the city or vicinity they are departing from and must not leave the vicinity they took the test before they receive their results and board the direct flight, in an effort to avoid potential infection during domestic transits, according to the statement.

At present, the direct China-bound flight departure cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.

What's more: The new rules came after a sharp increase in imported Covid-19 cases from the U.S. and alleged gaming of the testing system.

The embassy said in the statement that most of the imported cases can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories, or to passengers’ nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing.

“To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of Covid-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels,” the statement said.

Quick Takes are condensed versions of China-related stories for fast news you can use.

Contact editor Marcus Ryder (marcusryder@caixin.com)

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