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China to reopen borders to foreign tourists for first time since COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 China COVID-19
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China to reopen borders to foreign tourists for first time since COVID-19 outbreak in 2020

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 14 Mar 2023, 03:35 pm

Beijing: China, a nation that was hit hard by COVID-19, has decided to issue visas to foreign tourists for the first time since the pandemic broke out three years ago.

The major easing of restrictions comes after Beijing declared victory over the virus and retreats from a zero-Covid strategy that has hurt its economy, reports BBC.

Valid visas issued before China closed to the world on 28 March 2020 will be honoured starting on 15 March, the British media reported.

For cruise ships, visa-free entry will resume in Hainan Island and Shanghai.

Tour groups from Hong Kong and Macau will be allowed visa-free-entry while Chinese consular offices abroad will also resume processing visa applications, reports BBC.

The removal of the last cross-border restrictions imposed to tackle Covid marks a major step forward in resuming normal life in the country following the three-year battle against the virus which is believed to have originated from Wuhan.

All changes will come to effect from Mar 15.

The country can expect a significant increase in international arrivals, after it reopens its borders, analysts told BBC.

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