Will China's Borders Really Remain Closed for Another Year?

By Alistair Baker-Brian, June 25, 2021

0 0

Speculation has mounted in recent days that China plans to keep current COVID-19 border restrictions for at least another year.

Wall Street Journal quoted a leak from “people familiar with the matter” in an article published on June 22. It claimed that China would not relax current border restrictions due to a calendar of sensitive events, which includes the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in February and March of next year.

The article went on to state that China worries about the potential disruption to said events if a new COVID-19 variant were to enter the country.

Since March 2020, China’s borders have remained shut to most foreign nationals. Anyone who enters the country must undergo a mandatory quarantine of up to 21 days as well as a series of nucleic acid tests. 

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, responded to the claims at a regular press conference on June 23. He did not give any specific details about when China would begin to relax border restrictions. 

Instead, he reiterated that “China adjusts its management measures on inbound travelers in light of the changing epidemic situation in a science-based manner.” He also emphasized the threat of new COVID-19 variants entering the country.

So far, China has administered more than one billion vaccines, according to the country’s National Health Commission (NHC). Of the vaccine shots administered, it is unclear how many are first and second doses. 

READ MORE: China Has Administered 1 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Despite the rollout of the vaccination program, a large influx of travelers into China would still pose the risk of a severe COVID-19 outbreak, according to the deputy director-general of the country’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Feng Zijian said that in China’s largely COVID-free environment, it is impossible to know how effective China’s vaccines are in preventing infection and onward transmission, in addition to preventing serious illness. 

Like so much COVID-related news, uncertainty remains as to when exactly China will start to ease border restrictions. It more than likely won’t be anytime soon.

READ MORE: Here's Why China Still Can't Open Its Borders

[Cover image via Pixabay]

more news

UK Approves China’s COVID-19 Vaccines, But There’s a Catch

As of November 22, China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm Beijing vaccines will be accepted for entry from abroad into England.

Will China Re-Open Its Border Once 80% of Population Vaccinated?

Zhong Nanshan said China must have 80-85% of its population fully vaccinated before re-opening international borders.

Will China's New COVID-19 Vaccine Work Against the Delta Strain?

Experts predict the vaccine candidate, SCB-2019 (CpG 1018/Alum), could be the most effective vaccine developed in China.

China Reports Zero New Local COVID-19 Cases Over the Weekend

China has also cleared all COVID-19 high-risk areas.

Over 2 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered in China

China's vaccine program accounts for 40% of the global COVID-19 shot total.

China Reports 2 New Local COVID-19 Cases on Friday

One in Shanghai and one in Jiangsu.

China Reports 3 New Local COVID-19 Cases on Thursday

All three are in Yunnan Province.

China Reports 4 New Local COVID-19 Cases on Wednesday

Two cases were reported in Shanghai, with one case each in Yunnan and Jiangsu.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at Thats_Shanghai for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shanghai With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Shanghai!

Visit the archives