Are you wondering when China is opening its borders? You are not the only one.
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China took a very strict approach to dealing with COVID-19. If you want to get into the country, and you are not a Chinese citizen, you are going to have to wait until at least June 2022.
Even if you are a Chinese citizen, you will have to wait in a “COVID” hotel for several weeks if you want to enter the country.
If your destination is Beijing, you have to stay in the COVID hotel for three weeks.
Someone entering China also must take many COVID tests while in the hotel.
Why Are The China Borders Still Closed?
China is concerned about the “Delta variant” that has been spreading across the globe. Many vaccines are not effective against the variant.
China has said that it’s its goal to open the country after May or June 2022. Although, that is subject to change.
There are countries that border China, like Mongolia, that have very high COVID rates. China wants to keep foreigners out of the country until global infection rates have gone down.
In my opinion, China is not in a rush to open its borders. More Chinese people leave China for tourism than people come to China to spend money.
Tourism Is Not That Important In China
Tourism is not a big business in China (compared to other industries.)
China is not in a bad economic situation if people cannot come to China. China still earns most of its GDP from exporting goods to other countries.
And by not allowing foreigners into the country, also makes it easier to protect their national security. Further, it makes it easier to control what information Chinese people get exposed to.
The government most likely doesn’t want to make any major changes before the 2022 Beijing Olympics finishes. The Olympics start February 4, 2022.
China also wants most of its population to be fully vaccinated before they open their borders.
When we know more about China opening its borders, we update this article.
Author: Alistair Vigier is the CEO of Clearway China