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China lifts border curbs after three long years

Travelers between Hong Kong and Shenzhen no longer need tests or quarantine

The China-Hong Kong border at Shenzhen Bay Port during heavy COVID restrictions in 2022.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- After three long years, Chinese are finally able to travel in and out of their country without facing draconian restrictions.

China's self-imposed isolation hurt economic growth and stirred a public backlash. This prompted Beijing to abruptly drop its zero-COVID policy in December, and join the rest of the world that has decided to coexist with the virus.

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