Factbox: COVID rules for travellers from China rolled out around the world

BEIJING, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Several places around the world have imposed restrictions on travelers from China after Beijing eased strict “zero-Covid” measures. They cite a lack of information on options from China and worry about a wave of infections.

China has dismissed criticism of its statistics, saying it expects future mutations to be potentially higher but less severe.

Below is a list of rules for travelers from China:

THE UNITED STATES

The US will introduce mandatory COVID-19 tests for travelers from China starting January 5. All passengers aged 2 and above require a negative test result two days prior to departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said Americans should reconsider traveling to China, Hong Kong and Macau.

INDIA

The country has submitted negative COVID-19 test reports for travelers from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand, the health minister said. Passengers from these countries will be quarantined if they show symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

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JAPAN

Japan requires a negative COVID-19 test for travelers from mainland China. Those who test positive must be quarantined for seven days. The new border measures for China will take effect at midnight on December 30. The government will also limit requests by airlines to increase flights to China. Hong Kong’s government has asked Japan to lift a restriction requiring passenger flights from the financial center to land at four designated Japanese airports, saying the decision would affect about 60,000 passengers.

ITALY

The country has mandated COVID-19 antigen swabs and virus sequencing for all travelers from China. Milan’s main airport, Malpensa, has begun testing passengers from Beijing and Shanghai. “This measure is important to ensure the control and detection of possible variants of the virus to protect the Italian population,” Minister Orazio Schillaci said as he announced mandatory testing for passengers.

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TAIWAN

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center said passengers arriving by direct flights from China, as well as by boat on the two offshore islands, must undergo PCR tests upon arrival.

Taiwan will start testing travelers from China for COVID-19 starting January 1.

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UNITED KINGDOM

The UK is considering imposing COVID-19 restrictions on visitors from China, including requiring them to be tested for the coronavirus, the Telegraph has reported. Officials from the Department for Transport, the Home Office and the Department of Health and Social Care are expected to decide on Thursday whether the UK will follow the US and Italy in imposing COVID restrictions on travelers from China.

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AUSTRALIA

The country said it is not making any changes to its rules for allowing travelers from China. “There is no change in travel advice at this time, but we are continuing to monitor the situation as we continue to monitor the impact of COVID here in Australia as well as around the world,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said.

PHILIPPINES

The Southeast Asian country is “extremely cautious” and may take measures such as testing requirements for visitors from China, but not an outright ban, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said on Wednesday.

Compiled by Bernard Orr; Edited by Gerry Doyle

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