A glimpse of China's inbound travel policy from latest plan
For those who are keen to know the prospect of China’s policy on its inbound travel restriction, a tourism development plan issued Thursday by the State Council provided some clues.
The plan, with nearly 200,000 words that cover a wide variety of tourism topics, mentioned “inbound travel” for multiple times. I translated the related part as below and my takeaways are 1) Safety or the effective prevention of COVID-19 is still the prerequisite of adjusting China’s inbound travel policy 2) Both of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes of the complex international environment will be put into consideration for the adjustment of the inbound travel policy 3) The adjustment will be taken one step at a time, with some promotion activity to encourage and attract people to travel to China.
NINE: IMPROVE OPENING-UP AND COOPERATION SYSTEM OF TOURISM
Based on the overall strategy of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and unprecedented changes in the world, it is necessary to have an accurate understanding of the complex international situation and the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, find new opportunities in crisis, blaze trail in changes, and improve the situation analysis and policy options. On the premise of the COVID-19 pandemic being effectively controlled, the country will promote inbound tourism step by step in an orderly manner, steadily develop outbound tourism, and continue to promote tourism exchanges and cooperation by taking advantage of China's strong tourism market and coordinating the domestic market and the international market.
(A) Promote inbound tourism step by step in an orderly manner
It is important to timely study and judge the situation of the prevention and control of COVID-19 at home and abroad, as well as the development and changes of the international environment, and scientifically adjust the management measures related to visitors coming to China, so as to actively build a healthy, safe and well-managed order for the movement of Chinese and foreign people on the premise of ensuring the safety in epidemic prevention. The country will timely launch the inbound tourism promotion action, introduce policies to support the development of inbound tourism, train multilingual tour guides, tell China story to the world, enrich and enhance the national tourism image, and size up the situation to take effective measures to promote high-quality development of inbound tourism.
It is necessary to strengthen communication with source countries and regions on international shipping, border passage, vaccination, travel group organization, medical insurance, etc., always adhere to the bottom line of safety with a highly responsible attitude towards life and health, put epidemic prevention and control in the first place, strictly implement the "circuit breaker" measures for international passenger flights, and dynamically and precisely adjust the entry policy. The country will scientifically formulate and implement the technical guidelines of epidemic prevention and control, strengthen the prevention and control of epidemic regarding key personnel and key places for inbound tourism reception, and strictly implement the real-name reservation system for tickets.
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