US to require COVID-19 testing for travelers from China

The United States on Wednesday announced new COVID-19 testing requirements for all travelers from China, joining other countries imposing restrictions as infections surge.

Cases have risen across China after the country lifted strict anti-virus controls. China’s “zero COVID” policy has kept the country’s infection rate low but fueled public discontent and dampened economic growth.

Beginning Jan. 5, all travelers from China to the U.S. must be tested for COVID-19 within two days of travel and provide a negative test before boarding. This test is suitable for anyone 2 years and older.

Other countries have taken similar measures to prevent the spread of infection outside of China. Japan will require travelers from China to test negative for COVID-19 on arrival, and Malaysia announced new tracking and surveillance measures. India, South Korea and Taiwan have required virus testing for travelers from China.

The Lunar New Year, which begins Jan. 22, is typically China’s busiest travel season, and China announced on Tuesday that it would resume issuing tourist passports for the first time since the pandemic began in 2020.

The U.S. action was to reinstate the requirement for some international travelers.this The Biden administration rescinded the last such authorization in JuneAt the time, the CDC continued to recommend that people boarding flights bound for the U.S. get tested close to departure time and not travel if sick.

At the beginning of the epidemic, The United States bans entry of foreigners from China, It comes weeks after the virus first emerged there three years ago. Americans were allowed to return home, and flights from China were funneled to selected airports, where passengers were screened for illness.

But the virus is already circulating among people in the United States who have no travel history.