China: Beijing authorities impose vaccination against COVID-19 in certain public places and ease restrictions on domestic travelers 7 July/update 12
Beijing officials will make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for people to enter crowded public places, including cinemas, libraries and gymnasiums from July 11. The restrictions will not apply to people who are medically exempt from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as places like restaurants and public transportation. Authorities have yet to clarify the details of the mandate, such as which vaccines are approved and how many doses are needed.
Authorities will also ease restrictions on domestic travel in Beijing. People who have traveled to cities with at least one local infection in seven days cannot enter Beijing, instead of the previously prescribed 14 days. Residents of border and port city counties can enter Beijing. Additionally, Beijing will restart direct international flights to the city, but authorities have yet to announce a specific timeline for the resumption.
Relaxed COVID-19 restrictions are in effect in low-risk areas of Beijing. Food services may resume at food establishments. Office workers can work on site. Public transport including bus, metro and taxi services may operate. People must show a negative nucleic acid test result within 72 hours to enter public places and transport. Malls outside locked and controlled areas can operate. Public parks, cultural venues and fitness centers can open at 75% capacity. Delivery couriers may enter residential communities, but must place items at the door to minimize physical contact. Authorities are allowing interprovincial group tourism in Beijing for fully vaccinated people.
Stricter curbs remain in medium and high risk areas. Authorities designated 12 areas in Changping, Shunyi, Tongzhou and Yanqing counties as high and medium risk as of July 7. Residents and people recently exposed to these areas should stay home; exceptions may be possible for emergencies and essential reasons. Authorities are restricting travel to and from affected communities. Authorities generally maintain measures until two weeks after the last confirmed community case and will likely carry out several rounds of testing before easing restrictions. Authorities are generally distributing food and essential items to households under strict stay-at-home protocols.
People entering or leaving Beijing must take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of departure and have a “green” health code. Travelers must also take nucleic acid tests within 24 and 72 hours of arriving in Beijing and cannot visit restaurants, gatherings and crowded places for seven days. People from medium and high risk areas and sites subject to COVID-19 isolation measures cannot leave Beijing. Individuals must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days to enter airport terminals. Incoming international travelers must undergo seven days of centralized quarantine, followed by three days of home isolation. An increase in health examinations is likely at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) and other transportation hubs. Authorities may suspend flights and ticket sales for travel from cities considered high or medium risk areas.
Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and non-confrontational if questioned by security personnel. Confirm travel reservations to, from and within Beijing.