If you are interested in traveling to China, there are a few things you will need to keep in mind. For example, you will need to know what to do if you contract COVID-19. You will also need to be aware of the quarantine requirements for inbound travelers.
Air travel is still the main way of entering the country
In the context of travelling to China, air travel remains the unquestioned king of the castle. This is not to say that other modes of transport, such as road or rail, are not viable options. The plethora of high-speed trains has helped to ease some of the travel stress and make getting from A to B a smidgen easier. Nonetheless, there are still some roadblocks afoot.
One is the nitty gritty of the latest travel advisory published by the Chinese government. This entails that the country’s most populous region has been tagged as a hotspot of swine flu. On the plus side, travellers can expect a higher than usual supply of antiviral drugs at airports and other border crossing points. It’s also worth noting that while many countries have banned certain flights, China has not. There’s no word on when or if this will change. However, as is the case with any major country, it’s best to be ready for the worst.
Quarantine requirements for inbound travelers
As China is focusing on controlling and eliminating epidemics, the government has increased the quarantine requirements for inbound travelers. While many restrictions still remain, the policy has been largely successful.
Travelers who travel to China should check local and national quarantine policies to ensure they are prepared. A health code will be issued after the passenger’s entry visa has been approved by the Chinese Embassy or consulate. The health code will track the cities the passenger has visited in the last 14 days.
Travelers are required to take a PCR test within 48 hours before their departure. If the test comes back negative, the traveler can depart. However, if the test results come back positive, the traveler will have to complete a COVID-19 test and quarantine period.
Individuals from low-risk areas will not have to be quarantined. For individuals in close contact with someone with COVID, a centralized, government-operated facility will be used for five days. In addition, the individual must undergo self-isolation for three days.
Medical care in China is expensive
Medical care in China is expensive and in many cases unaffordable. Although a large proportion of the population is covered by the public healthcare system, there are still a number of uninsured patients who must borrow money or sell assets to pay for treatment. The government has introduced a number of initiatives to address these problems.
For instance, medical students are encouraged to attend training programs in rural areas for six years after graduation. In addition, the Chinese government has been supporting private sector involvement in the health system. However, the standard of care in private hospitals is rapidly improving.
There are two major reasons for the high cost of medical care in China. One is inflated prescription prices. Another is the misuse of antibiotics.
A recent study found that about half of all antibiotics prescribed in China are medically unnecessary. This is a serious problem. It could lead to the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Other factors that drive up medical costs include excessive bureaucracy and inefficiency. Hospitals and clinics are understaffed in many cases, often lacking in supplies. Rural areas also suffer from high costs.
COVID-19 outbreaks throughout the country
As the recent outbreaks of COVID-19 have shown, there is a high risk of exposure. If you are planning to travel to China, it is advised that you take all necessary precautions.
You can avoid areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that have been affected by the outbreak. The government has issued warnings and restrictions. It has also closed major roads and schools. Travelers are required to provide their fingerprints to authorities.
People whose test results are positive will be quarantined for a period of fourteen days. They will be kept in a government supervised hotel. All visitors with symptoms should follow the health authorities’ recommendations. However, the symptoms may be mistaken for those of malaria.
Travelers are advised to avoid crowds and non-essential crowds. Also, they should try to avoid areas that have been affected by the recent outbreaks of COVID-19. Those who cannot follow these advices should use another provider.
The public health network in Kenya is deficient. While it has been upgraded, there are not enough means to treat serious cases of COVID-19. For this reason, a negative PCR is not needed for travellers who have been fully vaccinated.