Is one of the most Covid-restricted countries in the world about to reopen to tourists?
China is reportedly finally considering easing some of its Covid border regulations.
New draft rules have been announced by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism reports Reuterswhich will allow tourists to visit destinations and attractions just within its border.
Although locations and dates were not disclosed, the new regulations would allow tour groups to choose the port of entry and exit “flexibly”.
China shares a border with 14 countries.
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It is one of the last in the world to maintain a zero-tolerance strategy for Covid, shutting down towns and neighborhoods to isolate outbreaks.
Neighboring Hong Kong appears set to drop its hotel quarantine requirements.
Chief executive John Lee said it is gradually reopening to the world.
“We know that for epidemic control there is an impact on connectivity to the world,” Lee said.
“We want to have the maximum connectivity with the world and reduce the inconveniences related to quarantine rules. We are working in this direction in an orderly manner.”
Other Asian countries have taken different approaches. Vietnam and Thailand are now fully open to tourists, while Japan only allows tour groups, but plans are underway to fully reopen the country.
On September 7, the cap on daily international arrivals was raised from 20,000 to 50,000 and foreign visitors were allowed to enter Japan on unguided package tours under certain circumstances. These caps on international arrivals should soon be removed.