by Carla K. Johnson
The United States announced new COVID-19 testing requirements on Wednesday for all travelers from China, joining other countries that have imposed restrictions because of a surge in infections.
An increase in cases across China after the country’s strict anti-virus controls were rescinded. China’s “no COVID” policies have kept China’s infection rate low but have caused public frustration and stunted economic growth.
Starting January 5, all travelers arriving in the United States from China will be required to take a COVID-19 test no more than two days before departure and provide a negative test result before boarding. . flight. The test applies to anyone 2 years of age or older.
Other countries have taken similar steps in an effort to prevent the infection from spreading beyond China’s borders. Japan will require a negative COVID-19 test on arrival for travelers from China, and Malaysia has announced new monitoring and surveillance measures. India, South Korea and Taiwan are requiring virus testing for travelers from China.
The Lunar New Year, which begins January 22, is usually China’s busiest travel season, and China on Tuesday announced it would resume issuing travel passports for the first time since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday. 2020.
The US action is a rollback of requirements for some international visitors. The Biden administration abrogated the last such mandate in June. At that time, the CDC continued to recommend that passengers boarding flights to the US should be tested close to departure time and not travel if sick.
Early in the pandemic, the United States banned entry to foreigners from China, weeks after the virus first appeared there three years ago. Americans were allowed to return home, and flights from China were directed to select airports where passengers were screened for illness.
But the virus has spread in the United States among people with no travel history.
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