China May Open to International Travel in Early 2022

As of 5 July 2021, a total of 1.29 billion COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in China with over 45.8% of the population already fully vaccinated. Currently ahead of target, the government plans to fully vaccinate 70% of the population by January 2022.

While no specific date has been given in regards to reopening the country, local news agencies have reported that international travel will open when the country has 80% of the population vaccinated. In line with current targets, infectious disease specialist Zhang Wenhong also recently estimated that China may wait until the first half of 2022 to begin relaxing its restrictions on international travel.

In the meantime, China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently released the 14th five-year plan for the development of various sectors, laying out the overall requirements, development goals, major tasks and measures for the 2021-2025 period. The plan sets out the major tasks of developing culture and tourism, including advancing social civility, establishing artistic creation systems for a new era, improving the protection, inheritance and utility of cultural heritage, and enhancing the modern tourism system. 

Stay up-to-date with China’s vaccinations, quarantine times, key dates to reopening, and international flight status on our dedicated COVID-19 report site.

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