EU to Require Arrivals from China to Show Negative Covid Test Before Entering Europe

European countries agreed on Wednesday to impose new restrictions on travelers from China in the face of a spike in Covid cases.

Before leaving China, passengers bound for any of the European Union’s 27 member states will likely be required to show proof of a negative Covid test.

Last week, Chinese officials warned of “countermeasures” against countries that imposed Covid restrictions on its travelers for “political reasons,” as the world’s second largest economy faces a massive wave of infections after lifting stringent quarantine rules.

To prevent a further spread of Covid, several nations, including the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia have all proposed stricter restrictions for Chinese tourists.

China has called the increasing international restrictions on tourists from its territory “unacceptable,” after more than a dozen nations imposed new Covid-19 rules on visitors from China.

The European Commission is working to harmonize regulations across the region.