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India, Spain, Malaysia add travel curbs on tourists from China as Covid-19 rises

Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
Dec 30, 2022 03:01 PM IST

India, Spain, Malaysia, US, Japan and other countries across the world cite a lack of information from China on Covid-19 variants and are concerned about a wave of coronavirus infections hence, issuing a list of regulations for travellers from China

Authorities around the world are imposing or considering curbs on travellers from China as Covid-19 case there surge following its relaxation of "zero-Covid" rules.

People skate on the frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing, China. China could see as many as 25,000 deaths a day from Covid-19 later in January, casting a shadow over the start of the first Lunar New Year festivities without pandemic restrictions. India, Spain, Malaysia add travel curbs on tourists from China as Covid-19 rises (Bloomberg)
People skate on the frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing, China. China could see as many as 25,000 deaths a day from Covid-19 later in January, casting a shadow over the start of the first Lunar New Year festivities without pandemic restrictions. India, Spain, Malaysia add travel curbs on tourists from China as Covid-19 rises (Bloomberg)

They cite a lack of information from China on variants and are concerned about a wave of infections. China has rejected criticism of its Covid data and said it expects future mutations to be potentially more transmissible but less severe.

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Below is a list of regulations for travellers from China.

PLACES IMPOSING CURBS -

UNITED STATES

The United States will impose mandatory Covid-19 tests on travellers from China beginning on Jan. 5. All air passengers aged two and older will require a negative result from a test no more than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said US citizens should also reconsider travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.

INDIA

The country has mandated a Covid-19 negative test report for travellers arriving from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Thailand, the health minister said. Passengers from those countries will be quarantined if they show symptoms or test positive.

JAPAN

Japan will require a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival for travellers from mainland China. Those who test positive will be required to quarantine for seven days. New border measures for China will go into effect at midnight on Dec. 30. The government will also limit requests from airlines to increase flights to China.

ITALY

Italy has ordered Covid-19 antigen swabs and virus sequencing for all travellers from China. Milan's main airport, Malpensa, had already started testing passengers arriving from Beijing and Shanghai. "The measure is essential to ensure surveillance and detection of possible variants of the virus in order to protect the Italian population," Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said.

SPAIN

Spain will require a negative Covid-19 test or a full course of vaccination against the disease upon arrival for travellers from China, the country's Health Minister Carolina Darias said.

MALAYSIA

Malaysia will screen all inbound travellers for fever and test wastewater from aircraft arriving from China for Covid-19, Minister Zaliha Mustafa said in a statement.

TAIWAN

Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Centre said all passengers on direct flights from China, as well as by boat at two offshore islands, will have to take PCR tests upon arrival, starting on Jan. 1.

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea will require travellers from China to provide negative Covid test results before departure, South Korea's News1 news agency reported on Friday, after Beijing's decision to lift stringent zero-Covid policies.

PLACES MONITORING SITUATION -

AUSTRALIA

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Australia was monitoring the situation in respect of China "as we continue to monitor the impact of Covid here in Australia as well as around the world."

PHILIPPINES

The Southeast Asian country is being "very cautious" and could impose measures such as testing requirements on visitors from China, but not an outright ban, Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said.

BRITAIN

Britain is reviewing whether to impose restrictions on people arriving from China, but has no plans to do so, officials said.

Defence minister Ben Wallace said an update was possible in the coming days, but another minister said that a review of evidence so far did not suggest any concerning new variant that would lead the government to impose restrictions.

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