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Quarantine and Testing Required for All International Arrivals in Beijing

2020/03/25

According to a press briefing on the COVID-19 prevention and control in Beijing held on 24 March, it has been decided that starting from 0:00, 25 March, in addition to the existing measure of quarantining in designated places all Beijing-bound international arrivals, the following actions will be taken:

All international arrivals in Beijing will be quarantined in designated places and receive nucleic acid tests, regardless of their final destinations in China.

All international arrivals in Beijing who entered China through other ports of entry within the past 14 days will be quarantined in designated places and receive nucleic acid tests.

All expenses for quarantine and observation will be borne by the travelers, while the amount of testing costs they have to pay will be worked out according to applicable regulations, including whether they have basic medical insurance or commercial insurances.

Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing municipal government Chen Bei added that individuals not suitable for such quarantine, including those over the age of 70 or under the age of 14, pregnant and postpartum women, and those with underlying conditions, should also receive nucleic acid tests at the designated facilities before being escorted to home observation.

As for international arrivals in Beijing who entered China through other ports of entry within the past 14 days, Chen made the following points clear: To ensure smooth transfer to designated quarantine facilities, those who come to Beijing by plane or train must go to the staging areas at the terminals immediately upon arrival, and those who come by road must faithfully report their personal information at the checkpoints. Anyone who conceals their overseas travel history or deliberately circumvents quarantine will be named and shamed and held accountable by law.

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