(CNN) — The Chinese authorities on Monday, September 19, issued draft laws that goal to bolster tourism alongside its border and make it simpler for some foreigners to enter China.
According to a draft coverage doc launched by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Monday, tour teams organized by journey companies in China’s border areas will be capable of select their port of entry and exit “flexibly” — nevertheless, additional particulars on places and dates weren’t supplied.
China has shut its borders to foreign tourists for the reason that Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020, solely permitting sure teams of foreign nationals to enter the nation, corresponding to these holding legitimate visas.
In latest weeks, the Chinese authorities has considerably tightened Covid restrictions to comprise the unfold of the extremely transmissible Omicron variant. In September, a number of megacities had been positioned in full or partial lockdowns.
Under the brand new draft coverage, foreign tourists shall be allowed to go to China’s border tourism websites — however solely as a part of tour teams.
The coverage did not specify whether or not these coming into would nonetheless should comply with China’s quarantine necessities for incoming vacationers, which consists of 1 week of resort quarantine and three days of house statement.
China shares a border with 14 international locations, together with Russia, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.
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