China has made it even more difficult for select nationals to travel to China by requiring a pre-travel 14-day quarantine (not sure how this is supervised) and one or more pre-travel Covid-19 tests.
These travelers must go through the usual 14-day hotel quarantine upon entering China at their first port.
Here’s an excerpt from the SCMP:
Beijing has tightened its travel restrictions by ordering passengers from certain countries travelling to China to spend two weeks in quarantine before boarding flights.
There has been no official announcement from the foreign ministry, but embassies in at least seven countries have told travellers they must spend 14 days in quarantine before travelling to China.
A statement from the Chinese embassy in Algeria urged travellers to take direct flights only from Sunday on and “all personnel who intend to go to China must be quarantined at least 14 days before boarding the flight”.
The Chinese embassy in Indonesia said travellers had to spend 14 days “alone in one room” and take at least two coronavirus and antibody tests in separate clinics.
The embassy said the measure was to “consolidate the hard-won results of epidemic prevention and control and ensure the health and safety of those who really need to go to China”.
You must pretty desperately want to travel to China if you are willing to quarantine for a month (two weeks before and two weeks after the travel).
Perhaps this Covid-19 could have been better contained if China and Wuhan had been more open about what was taking place there at the end of 2019 and early 2020.