In the evening of December 26, the National Health Commission issued the General Plan on Treating and Managing the COVID as a Category B Infectious Disease, the plan proposes to optimize the management of travelers to and from China.
First, inbound travelers are required to conduct PCR test and obtain negative result 48 hours before coming to China, without the need to apply to our embassies and consulates abroad for health code. The test result will be filled in the customs health declaration card. If the result is positive, the applicant should come to China after the negative result is obtain.
Second, full PCR test and centralized quarantine after entry are canceled. Inbound travelers with normal health declaration and no abnormal routine health check result at customs are allowed enter China.
Third, the "five requirements" and passenger load factor restriction on the number of international flights are canceled.
Fourth, the airline companies continue to carry out sufficient in-flight epidemic prevention, and passengers must wear masks when flying.
Fifth, further optimize the arrangements for foreigners coming to China for resumption of work and production, business, study, family visits and reunion, and provide relevant visa facilitation. Entry and exit of passengers by sea and land ports will be gradually resumed. Chinese citizens' outbound travel will also be resumed in an orderly manner according to the international situation of the epidemic and the service capacity in various areas.
In addition, the National Health Commission issued the Announcement (2022. No. 7) that COVID-19 is renamed "novel coronavirus infection" and is treated as a Category B infectious disease. With the approval of the State Council, from January 8, 2023, the prevention and control measures of COVID-19 infection under Category A infectious diseases specified in the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases will be lifted. In other words, the above entry control measures will be fully implemented on January 8.