China ready for safe COVID-19 travel ban lift
The Chinese government has said that it is ready for the lifting of safe COVID-19 travel ban.
The government made this known in a statement on Wednesday in respect to the imminent travel ban restrictions which it mulls over the next four days.
The International Department of the the ruling party, IDCPC, which issued the statement said,”We are well-prepared for the possible scenarios ensuing from these adjustments.
“We are also taking a host of measures to safeguard the lives, safety, and health of the people.
“All countries undergo a period of adaptation when shifting gears in their COVID-19 policies; China is no exception.
“Now overall, the COVID-19 situation in China is within expectation and under control.
“We in China are confident that we will have an accelerated return to normal economic and social life and secure a complete and final victory against COVID-19.”
The IDCPC statement noted that “China’s COVID-19 policy adjustment was science-based, timely, and necessary.
“What we have done to fight against COVID-19 in the past three years has laid the foundation and created essential conditions for the latest round of policy adjustment.”
It noted that “over the past three years, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc around the globe and posed enormous challenges to all countries including China.
It further said that putting the people and their lives above everything else, the government had made every effort to protect the lives, safety, and health of the Chinese people.
The government explained that the decision was in light of the marked decline of the pathogenicity and virulence in Omicron and the steady rise of China’s capacity for medical treatment, pathogen detection, and vaccination.
“We have taken the initiative to refine our COVID-19 response measures, with the focus shifting from “stemming infection” to “protecting the health and preventing severe cases.
“The purpose is to better coordinate COVID-19 response with economic and social development, and ensure the normalcy of people’s life and work.
“China’s latest policy adjustment will create new conditions for stronger international exchanges and cooperation,” it said.
According to the recently released Notice on Provisional Measures on Cross-border Travel, inbound travelers to China will need to show a negative nucleic acid test taken within 48 hours prior to departure.
Those who have no issues to report in their health declaration and have been given regular customs inspection and quarantine clearance will no longer be subject to closed-loop transfer and quarantine at designated facilities.
China will resume outbound tourism for Chinese citizens in an orderly fashion, and will gradually resume entry and exit of passengers by land and water on the basis of a comprehensive assessment.
By doing so, China will better facilitate the safe and orderly cross-border travel of Chinese and foreign nationals.
“In April 2020, world political parties issued a Joint Open Letter concerning closer international cooperation against COVID-19, stressing the need for us to support and help each other, and enhance international cooperation against COVID-19 as no country can stay unscathed in the face of the pandemic.
“The global pandemic is not yet over. The Communist Party of China stands ready to make concerted efforts with world political parties, your party included.
“This is to promote mutual learning among us, so as to contribute together to protecting the health and safety of humankind, promoting world peace and development, and advancing the building of a human community with a shared future,” the Chinese government added.