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COVID-19 travel notice for all countries/regions will be lowered to Level 2: Alert, effective 00:00 on October 13, 2022. Travelers should take enhanced precautionary measures when going abroad. (C/10-1)

On October 12, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that the COVID-19 travel notice for all countries/regions will be lowered to Level 2: Alert, effective 00:00 on October 13, 2022. The CECC reminds the public that the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains globally and urges travelers to take enhanced precautionary measures, including getting vaccinated against COVID-19, when traveling abroad to protect their own health.

The CECC stated that the current global COVID-19 epidemic remains constant, and the number of cases in various countries may be underestimated due to the reduction in the number of tests. The BA.5 variant with stronger transmission is still the mainstream strain in the world, and new variants will appear continuously. However, according to the existing research, the booster vaccine still has protection against the BA.5 variant strain, and it is an effective way to prevent hospitalization, severe illness and death, and the impact on health risks is relatively light. (Regardless of country) Downgrade the recommended level of COVID-19 travel epidemic to Level 2: Alert. It is recommended that people should be fully vaccinated and strengthen personal protection 14 days before the expected date of departure.

The CECC explained that the purpose of establishing the travel epidemic recommendation level is a reference for people to pay attention to the epidemic situation and personal protection preparations in the destination country before going abroad. At present, because countries around the world are gradually opening their borders, relaxing domestic epidemic prevention measures, and frequent and close exchanges between trips, there is no significant difference in infection risk between countries/regions. Personal protective measures include complete vaccination, implementation of hand hygiene, cough etiquette, wearing masks and other personal protective measures, and avoiding crowded places or areas with high risk of infection transmission are critical points.

The CECC once again appealed that with the steady opening of the border, people will gradually return to normal life. Making a consultation with travel medicine clinic before going abroad. 14 days before departure, if you have symptoms of suspected infectious diseases such as fever, diarrhea, rash, and cough, please enter the country. Actively inform the quarantine personnel of the CDC from time to time, to obtain immediate and appropriate assessment and care. Be sure to abide by various epidemic prevention measures after enteringthe country. During self-epidemic prevention, you should comply with the guidelines set out in the relevant COVID-19 epidemic prevention guidelines. If you feel unwell after returning to the country, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible, which advantageous to doctor’s diagnosis.