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Covid rules simplified for Indians coming to China as country sees record cases | world news

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BEIJING: Pre-departure Covid-19 protocols for Indians planning to come to China have been simplified, the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi announced on Sunday, days after Beijing shortened quarantine requirements from 10 to eight days for Indians. incoming passengers.

The relaxation of the rules was announced by Chinese embassies in several countries on Sunday as Beijing lifts some of its Covid-19 control measures on international travel while pledging to fight the epidemic in the country according to its strategy. controversial “zero-Covid” through instant lockdowns and mass testing.

Applicable from Monday, Indian passengers “…travelling to China only need to take one nucleic acid test (RT-PCR) within 48 hours before boarding the flight to China , and to apply for the green health code with a negative certificate,” the Chinese embassy said. .

“Passengers traveling to China can choose any place in India or in transit according to their itinerary, within 48 hours before boarding the flight to China, and apply for a green health code from the embassy or consulate where the test will be taken,” he said. , adding: “The airline will screen passengers with a valid green health code and will not verify the place of issue”.

This means that for passengers traveling from India to China but transiting through a third country, there is no need to take a Covid-19 test in the third country or transit country: As long as the journey from the India to China takes less than 48 hours, India’s negative Covid-19 test result will be valid.

This protocol change is significant as there are no direct flights between India and China at present.

Passengers will be required to present “vaccination certificates of vaccines made in China or vaccines approved for use by the WHO (World Health Organization), if they have already been vaccinated,” the statement added.

It is important to note that there are no additional requirements for passengers who tested positive for Covid-19 earlier.

“No additional requirements for passengers with a history of Covid-19 infection, close contact, suspicious symptoms and PCR test results showing presumptive positive and equivocal results,” the Chinese Embassy statement said.

“All passengers can apply for the green health code with a negative nucleic acid test result (RT-PCR) within 48 hours before departure,” he added.

The statement reminded potential passengers that “Nucleic acid test reports submitted to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in India must be issued by ICMR-authorized laboratories, which must be machine printed, and not handwritten, and with a QR code”.

Similar procedures have been simplified in several other countries, including Singapore, Serbia, the United States, Australia, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Myanmar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Cambodia, etc

China last week reduced the number of quarantine days for inbound travelers from 10 to eight days and removed a penalty for international airlines bringing cases of the virus into the country as it relaxes some of its quarantine rules. controversial control of Covid-19.

The new measures were announced on Friday, a day after President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) top decision-making body, the Politburo (SC) Standing Committee at which leaders discussed vowed to “tenaciously pursue” the dynamic zero-Covid policy” while minimizing economic and social disruption.

Record number of cases

Changes in international travel protocol come into effect as Beijing and several other major cities in China reported record Covid-19 infections Monday for Sunday, putting authorities under more pressure to quickly quell outbreaks while trying to reduce the impact on people’s lives and on economic activity.

Overall, 16,072 new locally transmitted cases were reported by the National Health Commission (NHC), up from 14,761 on Sunday and the highest in China since April 25, when case numbers were high as Shanghai was battling its worst Covid-19 outbreak.

The capital Beijing reported 407 cases on Monday, up from 235 the day before; the southern city of Guangzhou, capital of economic powerhouse Guangdong, recorded 4,065 new cases, down from 3,653 the day before.

“Beijing health authorities said on Monday they would further strengthen epidemic prevention and control measures and reminded residents not to go out unless necessary,” the Global Times said in a report.

“Residents are reminded not to go out unless necessary, including not going to crowded places and not going out for meals and parties. People should wear a mask properly, keep a safe distance and maintain good personal hygiene if they go out,” the report adds.


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    Sutirtho Patranobis has been in Beijing since 2012, as China correspondent for the Hindustan Times. He was previously stationed in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he covered the final phase of the civil war and its aftermath. Patranobis covered several times including health and national politics in Delhi before being posted overseas.
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