China welcomes overseas visitors for the first time in three years

A man wearing a face mask meets with his child as he arrives from Hong Kong at Terminal 3 international arrival hall of the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing
A man wearing a face mask meets with his child as he arrives from Hong Kong at Terminal 3 international arrival hall of the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing Copyright Andy Wong/Copyright 2022 The AP. All rights reserved
By Euronews with AP, AFP
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International passengers piled into China on Sunday despite a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.

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China has lifted quarantine requirements for inbound travellers, ending almost three years of self-imposed isolation.

The measure comes into force as China continues to battle a surge in Covid-19 cases which followed an easing of virus restrictions.

Since March 2020, all arrivals had been forced to undergo isolation at centralised government facilities.

Travellers crossing between Hong Kong and mainland China are still required to show a negative Covid-19 test taken within the last 48 hours — a measure China has criticised when imposed by other countries.

Chinese people rushed to plan trips abroad after officials last month announced that quarantine would be dropped, sending inquiries on popular travel websites soaring.

But the expected surge in visitors has led over a dozen countries to impose mandatory Covid tests on travellers from the world's most populous nation as it battles its worst-ever outbreak.

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