Opinion: It’s Time for China to Relax Quarantines for Inbound Travelers
From scrapping mass nucleic acid testing to unplugging travel tracking and relaxing quarantine requirements, China’s Covid control strategy is undergoing a sweeping overhaul. But further refinement of border controls is still pending despite rising expectations.
Under new pandemic control policies issued Nov. 11, China dropped the so-called “circuit breaker” mechanism that suspended flights that delivered Covid-positive passengers and further reduced centralized quarantine requirements for inbound travelers to five days from seven plus three days of home confinement. Requirements on pre-flight virus tests were also relaxed.
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