China to Maintain Border Restrictions for Another Year

The Wall Street Journal reports that Beijing plans to maintain the current COVID-19 border restrictions for at least another year. According to the WSJ, a provisional timeline for the second half of 2022 was set at a mid-May cabinet meeting. The timeline is said to account for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, February 2022, and a transition of power within the Chinese Communist Party.

Currently, travelers who enter China must quarantine at a designated hotel facility for at least 14 days, and new visas are available only to those who have received a Chinese vaccine. China is pursuing a vaccination campaign to increase population vaccinations from 16%, as of June 10, to 80% with at least one dose by December.


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