Global Times: China adjusts pre-departure testing for overseas travelers

19/5/2022 9:14:00 AM

China Focus: Global Times: China adjusts pre-departure testing for overseas travelers - Global Times

China Focus: Global Times: China adjusts pre-departure testing for overseas travelers - Global Times

(May 19): China has adjusted its pre-departure requirement for overseas travelers as announcements from multiple Chinese embassies, including the Chinese Embassy in the US, show that some previously required pre-departure tests have been removed, including nucleic acid testing one or two weeks prior to boarding, mandatory health monitoring and IgM antibody testing.The policy change takes into account the characteristics of the latest prevalent Omicron mutant strain, and is unlikely to pose a risk to China's domestic COVID-19 fight, experts told

A (May 19): China has adjusted its pre-departure requirement for overseas travelers as announcements from multiple Chinese embassies, including the Chinese Embassy in the US, show that some previously required pre-departure tests have been removed, including nucleic acid testing one or two weeks prior to boarding, mandatory health monitoring and IgM antibody testing.A BEIJING (May 19): China has removed some Covid-19 test requirements for people flying in from countries such as the United States and shortened the pre-departure quarantine for some inbound travellers, as it fine-tunes measures to cope with the Omicron variant.A SHANGHAI (May 17): Chinese stocks ended higher on Tuesday (May 17) as Shanghai achieved a key Covid-19-related milestone required to ease restrictions, while tech giants and Hong Kong shares logged the biggest jump in six weeks following reports about a meeting by a top political consultative body to promote the digital economy.A (May 17): A total of 36 Chinese cities introduced policies to support the property market within the first 15 days in May, according to incomplete statistics, indicative of policy relaxation to shore up home sales.

The policy change takes into account the characteristics of the latest prevalent Omicron mutant strain, and is unlikely to pose a risk to China's domestic COVID-19 fight, experts told the Global Times.Under the newly adjusted rules, people traveling to China will only be required to complete two nucleic acid tests within 48 hours before boarding and one antigen test within 12 hours before boarding.Requirements for antibody tests have also been scrapped.Those who test negative will be given a health code and allowed to board the plane.3% higher at 4,005.There will be no additional requirements for those who have recovered from infections.But travellers who have recovered from a previous infection will still need to go through six weeks of isolation before embarking on further procedures, the notices said.In addition to the Chinese Embassy in the US, the Chinese Embassies in the UAE, Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Serbia, and Rwanda have issued similar adjustments to the requirements for travel to China from these countries.5 percent year-on-year, with residential housing sales down 32.

In particular, the embassy in the UAE removed the requirement for two nucleic acid tests 21 and 14 days prior to travel and the requirement for CT testing for recovered patients, and the embassy in Serbia removed the requirement for a health code application for those who have been vaccinated for less than 14 days.But Omicron's shorter incubation period has allowed for a slight easing of curbs on international travellers.70 points.Such adjustments largely take into account the transmission characteristics of the Omicron variant strain and rising vaccination rates, immunology experts told the Global Times.The incubation period for infections caused by Omicron is short, and the incubation period for the latest Omicron variants is as short as two or three days, Guangzhou-based immunologist Zhuang Shilihe told the Global Times on Wednesday, meaning that test results within 48 hours before departure are sufficient compared to nucleic acid tests seven or 14 days before departure.The removal of RT-PCR test seven days before flights and the elimination of antibody tests will apply to travellers to China from Canada starting Sunday, the Chinese embassy in Canada said on Thursday."It has also reached a stage where the vaccination rate of Chinese nationals overseas, especially students, is already high, which is the basis for reducing the frequency of testing and the duration of quarantine," Zhuang said.52, while the China Enterprises Index gained 3.When sticking to the dynamic zero-COVID policy, which epidemiologists believe best suits China, the government has tweaked several times the COVID-19 playbook to optimize the antivirus measures.Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily.The sector will face fierce competition in the short term, and housing prices may show a downward trend in the medium term," Pan Helin, joint director of the Research Center for Digital Economics and Financial Innovation affiliated with Zhejiang University's International Business School, told the Global Times on Monday.

Beijing already announced the official implementation of the shortened quarantine policy in early May.Shortening quarantine time was made based on the fact that the incubation period of the Omicron variant is shorter than that of pervious variants, an expert from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the Global Times on condition of anonymity.Shanghai reported a long-awaited milestone of three straight days with no new Covid-19 cases outside quarantine zones — the"zero Covid" status.He noted that it is also to relieve the pressure of quarantine on medical and facility resources, and that the result of this policy will provide reference for the further easing of COVID-19 measures.Considering the short incubation period and mild symptoms of Omicron, the adjusted pre-entry testing and post-entry isolation are not expected to have a significant impact on the domestic epidemic prevention situation in China, Zhuang noted.Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily.The lockdown is likely to be lifted by June.In response to policy measures, more than half of the property-related companies' shares closed higher on Monday.

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