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Covid-19 risk: China to continue ban on outbound tours

Reuters Shanghai | Updated on October 22, 2020 Published on October 22, 2020

Closed counters are seen at the departures hall of Hong Kong International Airport   -  REUTERS

China will continue to suspend outbound group tours and ban travel agencies from allowing inbound tours due to the risk of a resurgence in coronavirus cases this winter, authorities said.

The country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism made the announcement in a notice published on its website on Wednesday.

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China first suspended both domestic and outbound tours in January as part of stringent pandemic control measures to curb the spread of the virus which first emerged in Wuhan. However, since July it has allowed domestic tours to resume amid a sharp drop in the number of new local cases.

Its curbs on outbound group tours have had a debilitating impact on the tourism industry in countries such as Thailand which have become heavily reliant on Chinese tourists over the years.

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Published on October 22, 2020
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