Travel enthusiasts in China flooded booking websites for overseas travel within hours after the government announced the end of quarantine measures for inbound travellers starting from January 8 next year.
According to Trip.com Group, searches for travel abroad skyrocketed to a three-year high within half an hour after the announcement of policy changes by the Chinese government.
The travel company said that Japan, Thailand, South Korea, the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the U.K. are among the top 10 destinations outside mainland China as search volume continues to grow at a fast pace.
China announced late Monday that beginning January 8, international tourists will no longer be required to undergo quarantine upon arrival on the mainland.
This change is in response to this month’s sudden loosening of domestic Covid restrictions. These revisions roll back the majority of the strictest regulations that China’s zero-Covid policy had in place for the past three years.