China Is Planning Easier Border Entry Rules for Select Foreign Tourists

China Is Planning Easier Border Entry Rules for Select Foreign Tourists

Another famous destination might finally reopen soon!

It looks like another country in Asia may soon reopen its borders for tourism. On 19 Sep 2022, the government of China issued draft rules that aim to make it easier for some foreigners to visit tourist destinations along the country’s borders. 

What we know so far about China’s plans for easier border entry

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According to a statement from China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, travel groups organised by tour agencies in border areas can “flexibly” choose their port of entry and exit. However, they have yet to give specifics on the locations and dates. The country shares a border with over 10 countries, such as Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, and Russia

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, foreign tourists have not been allowed to enter the country. Since then, China’s borders have only opened to specific groups of foreign nationals, such as those on work visas. 

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Since May 2022, the country’s entry restrictions have gradually been eased; more direct flights between China and other countries have resumed, and foreign students with valid residence permits have been granted entry. Along with these, China has shortened the mandatory quarantine for eligible foreign arrivals. 

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Despite having one of the most stringent border restrictions, Chinese cities along the border are often hit by imported COVID-19 cases related to overland crossings of both foreigners and citizens. 

Stay tuned for further updates on China’s plans for easier border entry rules. 

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