China eases Covid measures amid spike in infections: Bruges calls for restrictions on Chinese tourists

Belgium is currently advising against all non-essential travel to China and warning travelers “Dramatic rise“Covid cases since easing of measures in this country.”There is currently no action“, we said on Wednesday in the office of Foreign Affairs Minister Hadja Lahbib, when asked if the government is considering precautionary measures for the entry of Chinese tourists or if an initiative at the Union level is expected.

Italy has already decided to impose mandatory screening on travelers from China.

In Belgium, the mayor of Bruges, Dirk De fauw, welcomes many Chinese tourists at normal times, calling for restrictive measures and pleading for a solution at the European level, as group tours traditionally only resume in the spring.

This month’s abrupt end to China’s “zero Covid” policy has raised concerns in many countries as China faces one of the world’s largest epidemics, amplified by the emergence of new strains.

The United States has decided to require a negative Covid test for all passengers arriving on flights from China starting January 5, a US official announced on Wednesday.

Japan will resume mandatory PCR testing for travelers from mainland China starting Friday. The island of Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory, has announced it will conduct virus tests on travelers arriving from the mainland.

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