|Chinese citizens can come to Croatia without any tests|
|Author: CSEBA / Chinese Radio International|
|11th January 2023|
|ZAGREB - As of Sunday, January 8, 2023, by the decision of the Government of the People's Republic of China, new changes in the matter of COVID-19 came into force, which enable Chinese citizens to travel abroad without hindrance, and at the same time foreign citizens are enabled to come to China without going into quarantine.|
Because of the decision, many countries have announced that they will consider or have already taken decisions to restrict Chinese nationals from entering their country.
For example, the United States of America imposed mandatory tests for COVID-19 on travelers from China, starting on January 5, 2023. All air travelers aged two years and older should have a negative test result no later than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. From January 5, the UK requires travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before departure from China, while France requires travelers from the People's Republic of China to submit a negative test result less than 48 hours before departure. Also, travelers from the People's Republic of China to Australia from January 5 must carry a negative test for COVID-19. This decision was joined by India, which prescribed a negative test report for COVID-19 for travelers coming from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. In addition, travelers from these countries will be quarantined if they show symptoms or test positive. Also, passengers flying to Canada from the People's Republic of China must test negative for COVID no later than two days before departure. Japan requires a negative test for travelers arriving from mainland China. Those who test positive will have to be quarantined for seven days.
As for the countries of the European Union, in addition to Italy, Germany also imposed new rules, which introduced mandatory tests for COVID-19 for all passengers flying from the People's Republic of China, and at the same time requested that other EU countries join them.
On this occasion, on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, a meeting of health experts from the member states of the European Union was held in Brussels, where it was discussed whether mandatory testing of Chinese citizens upon arrival in EU countries should be introduced. The general attitude was that it would be desirable, however, there was no single agreement at the level of the European Union, and it was left to each EU member to decide for themselves whether testing should be introduced or not. The only agreement reached is that it is recommended to wear medical or FFP2 masks on planes from China.
Many member states have not yet decided to introduce testing, and the Republic of Croatia is among them. Whether something will change in this matter will be known more concretely in mid-January, when the Government of the Republic of Croatia will discuss the issue. In the meantime, Chinese citizens can come to Croatia without being tested.
According to Vili Beroš, Croatian Minister of Health, the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union called on all EU members to introduce mandatory testing of all passengers arriving by plane from China, however, no agreement was reached.
"Each country can decide for itself, and before deciding on testing or not, a lot will have to be considered. Therefore, the decisions are not binding, but are considered important guidelines. The Republic of Croatia will review these measures in the middle of the month, and until then everything will remain as it is now," says Minister of Health Vili Beroš.
We received a similar answer from Nikolina Brnjac, Minister of Tourism and Sports in the Government of the Republic of Croatia, who said that "the decision on the temporary restriction of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia was valid until April 30, 2022, i.e. from that date entry into The Republic of Croatia is allowed with respect to the conditions of entry that were valid before the epidemic of COVID-19. In other words, apart from the usual travel documents, there are no additional procedures for entering the Republic of Croatia. This of course also applies to Chinese citizens who plan to come to Croatia In case of any change in the decision, the public will be informed in time", confirmed Nikolina Brnjac, Minister of Tourism and Sports in the Government of the Republic of Croatia.
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