The Beijing Information Bureau’s 379th COVID-19 Anti-Epidemic Control Press Conference announced some key changes to Beijing’s COVID rules, including a key announcement on vaccine requirements for entry to certain places in the city.
So, without further ado, here are the key changes.
Beginning July 11, everyone in Beijing entering places that attract large crowds will be required to show proof of vaccination, except for those with legitimate vaccination exemptions.
Venues include but are not limited to training centers, activity areas for the elderly, libraries, museums, cinemas, art galleries, cultural centers, sports centers, gyms, performance areas, internet cafes, etc.
Although not specifically stated, it is likely that a primary course, ie two doses of either Sinovac or Sinopharm, will be required. If you are unsure whether a third booster shot is required to enter a venue, be sure to check in advance.
You can view your vaccination status on your Beijing Health Kit (北京健康宝) as shown below.
All screenshots via That’s/Alistair Baker-Brian
If you think this means an end to regular nucleic acid testing, think again. The Beijing CDC made it clear that vaccines, health code scanning, nucleic acid testing and mask-wearing will remain important components of efforts to control the epidemic (sorry for the disappointment).
Entering Beijing from elsewhere in mainland China
Previously, returns to Beijing were “severely restricted” for those with a 14-day travel history to areas with one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Now only those with a 7-day travel history to areas with one or more cases will be “severely restricted” on returning to Beijing. In other words, if you’ve visited an area with one or more cases eight days or more before, you’re not “severely restricted” when you return to Beijing.
Persons returning from areas with international land borders are also not subject to restrictions on returning to the capital, unless otherwise specified at that time.
You may still be subject to restrictions when returning to Beijing from medium- or high-risk areas.
Testing rules for those returning to Beijing remain the same; You need a negative test result issued within 48 hours of departure from your destination and another negative test result within 72 hours of your arrival in Beijing.
According to Xinhua, Beijing will resume international commercial flights “in batches and in an orderly manner.” No further details are given, so… let’s not get our hopes up.
The Beijing CDC urged city residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible. They cited data from Hong Kong’s recent outbreak of COVID-19; The data showed that from December 2021 to July 2022, 95% of deaths from COVID-19 were people aged 60 and over, of whom 72% were unvaccinated. In addition, the mortality rate from COVID-19 was 0.04% for those with three doses of vaccine and 3.02% for those without vaccination.
From July 11, being asked to provide your vaccination status is likely to become a regular occurrence. If you haven’t already, get your recordings.
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