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China resumes overseas group tours, excludes Japan

Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines among those receiving such Chinese travelers

Thailand expects Chinese tourists to return this year after Beijing lifted its COVID-related travel restrictions.    © Reuters

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China said Friday it will allow group tours to resume to 20 countries starting Feb. 6 after it reopened its borders and abandoned quarantine measures earlier this month in a full departure from its strict zero-COVID policy, but Japan was not among the destinations.

Beijing suspended overseas group tours in January 2020 amid the spread of COVID-19. The 20 countries include Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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