Health declarations were introduced in January 2020, as part of a raft of measures to combat Covid-19 pandemic. The country eventually imposed a drastic “zero-Covid” policy of social distancing, quarantine, widespread testing and movement governed by a system of health codes.
China ended the policy and reopened its borders at the start of this year. Nevertheless, a health declaration was still required for crossing its border, albeit in simplified form for Macao and Hong Kong travellers.
The scrapping of the requirement sees the end of the last vestige of China’s Covid-19 measures. Anyone diagnosed with an infectious illness – or showing symptoms of one – must still report their status to border officials, however.
China is keen to see a post-pandemic recovery in its inbound tourism market and, besides the ending of mandatory health declarations, has introduced other measures to encourage more people to visit the country.
These include a simplified visa regime and making it easier for people who are not mainland residents to use the country’s ubiquitous electronic payment systems.