China slashes quarantine time for international arrivals

A medical worker takes a swab sample from a resident for nucleic acid test at a community in Liwan district of Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, April 9, 2022. (Photo/Xinhua)

China has slashed the quarantine time for people entering the country to seven days in centralized quarantine plus three more of home monitoring, down from 21 days of quarantine and home monitoring combined, according to a new guideline released by the State Council on June 28. 

Under the new protocol, nucleic acid tests for international arrivals have also changed, with mandatory testing for five of the seven days spent in centralized quarantine and one test for the three days of home monitoring. The swab collection process has also changed from the nasopharynx to the oropharynx.

The control measures for the close contacts of COVID-19 patients have also been adjusted to a seven-day home quarantine for medical observation instead of seven days of medical observation in isolation at designated sites.

Also, high-risk zones will be reduced to medium-risk zones if no new cases emerge within seven consecutive days. Afterward, if there are no new cases for three straight days, it will be reduced to a low-risk area.

The frequency of nucleic acid tests for individuals with direct contact with inbound travelers, goods and environments has increased to once a day. And antigen tests can be used as a supplement for suspected patients and individuals in medium or high-risk areas.

In addition, China no longer marks cities with COVID infections in travel tracking system to balance epidemic control and socioeconomic development, facilitate traveling starting from June 29, according to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Source: CGTN, 广州外事

Editor: Annie