Travellers entering China will no longer be subject to a quarantine starting on January 8 as the government continues to relax its zero-Covid policy.
After nearly three years of closed borders, the action will reopen the nation to individuals with work and study permits as well as those travelling for family visits.
The immigration authority stated that it will resume granting visas for mainland citizens to go abroad beginning January 8 after the health authorities announced that foreign visitors would no longer be required to quarantine upon entry.
As a result, many Chinese citizens have made trip arrangements abroad.
Despite claims that hospitals in China are already overflowing with patients, restrictions have been loosened as Covid continues to expand throughout the nation.
After demonstrations erupted in November, authorities started to roll back the severe Covid limits that had been in place since the beginning of 2020.
The virus is currently growing mostly unfettered across the 1.4 billion-person nation as a result of further U-turns on the limitations, according to The Guardian.
The newspaper reported some of China’s regional neighbours are concerned about China’s decision to open its borders.
Japan prime minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday his country would require Covid tests for all visitors from China as a temporary emergency measure from Friday, with those who test positive having to quarantine for seven days at designated facilities.