China Lifts Restrictions on Group Travel to over 70 Destinations

China eased pandemic-era restrictions on tour groups for multiple countries, including key markets like the US, Japan, South Korea, and Australia, the country’s culture and tourism ministry said on Thursday.

With this announcement’s immediate effect, Chinese tour groups can once again visit dozens of destinations in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America.

Before the pandemic, mainland Chinese travelers had the highest per capita outbound spending of any country at $255 billion in 2019, with group travel accounting for an estimated 60% of that, according to a Reuters report.

This was the third list of approved countries. The first batch, approved in January, includes 20 countries such as Thailand, Russia, Cuba, and Argentina. Nepal, France, Portugal, and Brazil were among the 40 countries that made up the second group in March.