Passengers only need to present the results of the rapid antigen test from April 29.
On April 25, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said airlines would also not be required to check for evidence of antigen test results.
China removed the PCR requirement for some countries such as New Zealand and Malaysia earlier this year, but kept it in place for many other countries. Currently, countries such as the US, Japan … have stopped requiring Covid-19 testing for Chinese tourists.
China was one of the last countries globally to lift the majority of Covid-19-related restrictions on domestic travelers. Currently, the air travel industry in this country is recovering at a slow pace. According to government data, the number of international flights in China in the first quarter was only 12.4% year-on-year in 2019.
In addition to the PCR test bottleneck, soaring airfares, limited capacity at airlines, and a backlog in passport and visa applications are considered as limiting points, which are holding back visitors to the country. China.
Subhas Menon, general manager of the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines (AAPA), said it will take at least a year for the air travel industry to return to pre-pandemic levels.