Good news! Beijing is opening up to the world again! Starting from Sept 3, Beijing gradually resumes direct international flights, which means that passengers coming to Beijing don’t have to fly to other cities.
In March, Chinese authorities ordered all international flights to Beijing to be diverted to other airports as their first port of entry, as the capital stepped up measures to battle imported infections.
Now finally, the capital city announced plans to resume direct international flights!
China started direct international flights from low-risk countries to Beijing starting on Sept 3 as a result of sound preparations to curb the potential risk of imported COVID-19 cases.
Flights connecting Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan in Asia, as well as Greece, Denmark, Austria and Sweden in Europe, and Canada in North America – nations with relatively small numbers of imported cases – will resume as the first batch.
The first direct international flight to Beijing departed from Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, on Thursday operated by Air China.
STRICTER PREVENTION MEASURES
Since March 23, all international flights bound for Beijing have been rerouted to other Chinese cities in a bid to prevent imported novel coronavirus cases.
With Beijing welcoming passengers from overseas, all people entering the country would undergo 14-day collective quarantine periods for medical observation and take nucleic acid tests twice, Beijing health authority spokesman Gao Xiaojun told a press conference last week.
To improve screening and treatment, Ditan Hospital in Beijing will be a designated place for treatment at the early stage of resumption of direct international flights.
In order to control the cross-border spread of the global pandemic, the CAAC said that it would impose stricter anti-COVID-19 prevention measures based on an existing “circuit breaker” mechanism.
The regulator stressed that if three or more confirmed cases are found on an international flight into Beijing, the flight will be re-directed to another Chinese city. During trial operations, direct international flights to Beijing will have a passenger cap of around 500 each day.
Resumption of inbound international flights to Beijing has raised hopes for a potential recovery of international travel, according to leading travel agencies.
Some tourist agencies have been closely following the new international travel policy as the country has been quickly returning to normalcy in the post-epidemic period.
It is also a good news for international students and traders. As restrictions on entry and international flights are gradually being lifted, we can see it is easier for foreigners to return to China and go back to their normal life.
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SOURCE | Global Times / China Daily