China to Ease Entry Restrictions for Some International Tourists

China proposed new rules to make it simpler for some foreign visitors to enter China for tourism sites near the Chinese border.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a statement on Monday saying that tour groups organized by travel agencies in border areas can choose their port of entry and exit “flexibly”. The statement did not provide any further details about specific locations or dates.

Since the emergence of the new coronavirus in 2020, China has closed its borders to international tourists, with only limited groups of foreign visitors allowed to enter the country, such as those with specific job permits.

Recent months have seen a progressive easing of restrictions, enabling foreign students with valid residence permits and resuming direct flights between China and some nations.