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China to reopen border Jan. 8, requiring only negative COVID test

On-arrival PCR tests, quarantine to be scrapped; 'orderly' outbound travel to resume

Travelers walk in a terminal hall at China's Beijing Capital International Airport in March. The country is set to allow arrivals with only a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- China will reopen its border to international travelers on Jan. 8, after the country made an abrupt U-turn on its COVID-19 containment policies earlier this month.

The National Health Commission announced the decision late on Monday. Inbound passengers will only be required to present a negative test result obtained within 48 hours of boarding. As long as their health declarations are normal and they show no signs of illness in a "routine checkup" while clearing customs, they will not be subject to any special restrictions while in the country.

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