China’s National Health Commission Authorities says it will require air, trains, and interprovincial bus and ferry passengers to obtain a negative PCR test result within 48 hours before departure from Sept. 10 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Commission added that Individuals staying at a hotel or guest house or visiting tourist sites must hold a negative PCR test result obtained in the previous 72 hours.
The government will also require a 48-hour negative test result to attend large gatherings such as conferences and exhibitions.
China continues to implement a zero-COVID strategy nationwide. Officials are imposing stay-home measures, entry and exit controls, nonessential business closures, and public transport suspensions in areas with COVID-19 activity. Authorities can implement lockdowns at short notice, disrupting medical care and essential services, including food deliveries.
Some local governments are conducting mass testing drives for residents as a precaution and require individuals to present a negative COVID-19 test result to take public transport and enter airports, train stations, and subway stations, regardless of the risk level.
Local officials can ban interprovincial tours to and from cities and provinces with medium- and high-risk areas. Provincial and municipal governments likely prohibit the entry of people who have been to places with COVID-19 cases in the last seven days and may require arrivals or departing travelers to show a negative COVID-19 test result typically taken within 24-48 hours.
Transport operators in almost all major cities require passengers to share health code information before boarding mass transit. Officials mandate facemasks on public transport.
Depending on the severity of COVID-19 activity, authorities could halt public transport, including air travel, and restrict residents from departing cities where outbreaks occur.