The Chinese capital will allow inbound flights from eight countries from Thursday, easing a five-month ban on international passenger services in another sign that life is returning to normal in Beijing.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China said on Wednesday that Beijing would reopen to nine international flights from eight countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Canada.
The countries were given the green light because of their low incidence of Covid-19, the administration said.
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The first flight will arrive in Beijing from Phnom Penh in Cambodia on Thursday.
The decision effectively ends a ban on all inbound international flights to Beijing imposed in late March over concerns of imported cases of Covid-19.
But Chinese authorities have tightened Covid-19 testing rules, requiring all passengers to present a negative test result from three days – rather than the previous five days – before departure.
All passengers arriving in Beijing will still have to complete 14 days of quarantine at a centre on the outskirts of Beijing, said municipal government spokesman Xu Hejian.
Xu said that at the end of the 14 days, the passengers would be tested again and could leave if the result was negative. But they would have to continue reporting their temperature for another seven days.
He said that only Chinese citizens or citizens of the country of the flight’s origin would be able to board.
The number of passengers on each flight would be capped at 500 and a maximum of 1,000 passengers would be allowed in a day.
The CAAC stipulated in June that an inbound service would be suspended for a week if a flight had more than five positive cases and for four weeks if a flight had more than 10 cases.
The same conditions will apply after Thursday. And any inbound flight with three confirmed cases on board will be diverted to Beijing’s neighbouring cities, according to the CAAC.
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