Bookings Out Of China Soar As Virus Spreads Rapidly

At a glance

  • The Biden administration is weighing new precautionary measures for travelers entering the U.S. from China, according to American officials, as sales of air tickets out of China soared following Beijing’s decision to reopen its borders to international travel for the first time in almost three years.
  • The officials declined to lay out in detail which policies the administration is considering, but they pointed to Japan and Malaysia as potential models for the types of measures that could be put in place.
  • On Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the country will require a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival for travelers from China due to the rapid spread of the virus there.
  • “The U.S. is following the science and advice of public health experts, consulting with partners, and considering taking similar steps we can take to protect the American people,” one of the U.S. officials said.

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