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AssistAlert: Recreational Travel to Resume between China and the U.S.


AssistAlert: Recreational Travel to Resume Between China and the U.S.
January 9, 2022




On January 5th, the United States reopened its gates to welcome back tourists from China for the first time since 2020. With strict guidelines in place, all travelers transitioning from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the U.S., regardless of nationality or vaccination status, must submit a negative PRC or rapid self-administered antigen test taken within two days of departure for the U.S., as dictated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Any air passenger aged 2 and older will be subjected to these testing procedures, though the rule does not apply to recently recovered travelers.


On January 8th, PRC officials relaxed stringent COVID-19 policies requiring strict, enforced quarantine for all incoming travelers and other regulations, reopening the country for tourism as well. Though flight options may be limited for individuals flying in, as at least one airline has reported that it would be "evaluating the market demand and operating environment to determine when to resume additional flight operations to mainland China." 



Members are encouraged to contact Assist America if further assistance is required.



  • Have ample rapid self-administered antigen tests readily available
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when abroad to reduce risk of potential exposure
  • Test two (2) days before departure and return in either direction
  • Observe excellent personal hygiene practices (i.e. handwashing) to prevent potential spread


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