China relaxes some COVID-19 test rules for U.S and other travellers

China has removed some COVID-19 testing requirements for people traveling to countries like the United States and shortened the pre-departure quarantine period for some domestic travelers as it fine-tuned. measures to deal with Omicron variation. According to notices from Chinese embassies and consulates, Chinese embassies and consulates did not provide further details on factors including “characteristics of coronavirus variants”.

Starting Friday, travelers from Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago will no longer require the RTPCR test seven days before their flight, nor any antibody test, according to the report. The announcement was made late Tuesday by the Chinese Embassy in the United States and several consulates.

Travel to and from China has declined during the COVID outbreak as the country insists on a “dynamic COVID zero” book related to restrictions on passport issuance and renewal, quarantines mandatory for most travelers arriving and canceling flights. But the shorter incubation period of the Omicron variant has allowed for a slight easing of restrictions on international travelers.

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