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China Plans to Ease Some Border Entry Rules for Tourists

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China Plans to Ease Some Border Entry Rules for Tourists

China is planning on making it easier for some foreigners to enter the country for visits to some tourism sites along the Chinese border.

China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism said that travel groups organized by tour agencies in border areas in China can choose their port of entry and exit “flexibly”, as reported by Reuters. That suggests that some rules will change to accommodate for these border crossings, but the government didn’t provide any specifics on locations and dates.

China has shut its borders to foreign tourists early in the Covid-19 outbreak. Only specific groups of foreign nationals are allowed to enter the country. But some rules have been relaxed in recent months, such as allowing foreign students with valid residence permits to enter China. Quarantine requirements for foreign arrivals has also been reduced.

China shares a border with 14 countries including Russia, Pakistan, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. Chinese cities along the border have been the most vulnerable when it comes to imported cases of Covid-19 and are often linked to border crossings of both foreigners and Chinese nationals.

China has so far reported a total of 982,000 and 5,226 Covid-19 deaths. That amounts to just

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