On 26 December 2022, the Chinese National Health Commission announced that effective from 8 January 2023, COVID-19 will be reclassified as a Class B disease and its control measures will be modified.
While a negative COVID-19 test performed within 48 hours prior to China entry and a health affidavit remain mandatory, the most important modifications are the following:
· Close contacts will no longer be identified, counted nor published;
· High and low risk areas for infection will no longer be delineated; and
· No mandatory quarantine for people entering China is required (provided COVID-19 test is negative).
It is important to know that the above rules and modifications are subject to change depending on the situation of COVID-19 and the latest regulations announced by the government. The Chinese Immigration Administration will resume activities aimed at the international mobility of people. Among them, the issuance of passports for residents of China and the evaluation of foreign visa applications, etc. will be resumed. Land entries and ports will be gradually reopened and international airline routes will be reestablished.
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