China-UAE travel: Beijing allows group tourists to visit UAE from next month

  • Date: 22-Jan-2023
  • Source: Zawya
  • Sector:Tourism
  • Country:UAE
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China-UAE travel: Beijing allows group tourists to visit UAE from next month

China has allowed organised groups to travel to the UAE from next month as the South Asian country reopens after the pandemic.

According to the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism, travel agencies and online tourism services providers in China can provide group tours to the UAE from February 6, 2023.

China halted outbound group travel in 2020 following the outbreak of the pandemic. The world’s largest populous country ended its zero-Covid policy and reopened its borders for foreign travellers as it passed the peak of Covid patients.

On December 26, China’s National Health Commission downgraded Covid-19 from Class A to Class B, which means the requirement for quarantine has been dropped for the passengers.

Starting from January 8, China-bound travellers from the UAE are required only to take one PCR test 48 hours before boarding the flight.

Passengers from the UAE with negative Covid-19 test results shall make a health declaration to China Customs before travelling. However, travellers with positive test results must wait until the result is negative.

It was reported that around 80 per cent of Chinese residents have been infected with the coronavirus.

In the pre-pandemic year, Dubai received 989,000 Chinese visitors in 2019, an increase of 15.5 per cent over the previous

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