China still requires international passengers to undergo pre-departure COVID-19 tests and quarantine upon arrival, customs said on Friday, a day after lifting some reporting requirements for travelers passing through customs.

China, which has shortened quarantine periods and lifted some testing and self-isolation requirements for foreign travelers, remains one of the world’s strictest policies against COVID-19.

China’s customs on Thursday said it has lifted requirements for travelers to report COVID tests, previous infections and vaccination dates at customs to make entry more convenient.

“This is not a relaxation of COVID controls,” Customs said in a clarifying statement on Friday, citing the change in reporting rules.

“There are no significant changes to the COVID requirements for arriving travelers.”

Travelers intending to enter China from other countries must still report tests and other COVID-related information to Chinese embassies in order to obtain digital health certificates to board their flights, according to embassy websites.

The number of international flights to and from China has remained low compared to the pre-pandemic era, complicating the travel plans of many.

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