Caixin
Jan 11, 2023 08:54 PM
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Caixin Explains: Why Countries Are Putting Curbs on Travelers From China

On Jan. 6, at Incheon International Airport in South Korea. Seoul has strengthened epidemic prevention for passengers from China, and the airport set up a special channel for passengers arriving from China. Photo: VCG
On Jan. 6, at Incheon International Airport in South Korea. Seoul has strengthened epidemic prevention for passengers from China, and the airport set up a special channel for passengers arriving from China. Photo: VCG

At least 21 countries have announced entry restrictions on travelers from China, after the country resumed regular cross-border travel on Sunday following a major reversal of its “zero-Covid” policy, according to public information compiled by Caixin.

Prior to the pandemic, Chinese travelers made 155 million outbound trips in 2019 and were a substantial source of tourism revenue around the world, government data showed. But the country’s unprecedented wave of Covid infections, since ending lockdowns, has spooked authorities elsewhere, with countries such as the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Morocco putting additional curbs on travelers from China.

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