China said it plans to unveil a vaccine passport that could exempt travellers from certain travel restrictions. The world’s second largest economy currently requires international arrivals to undergo 14 days of quarantine in a supervised facility.
China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said Beijing is willing to explore reciprocal recognition of other governments’ vaccine passports, which act as proof of inoculation, according to the Global Times.
Travellers from Hong Kong and Macau inoculated with a Chinese or foreign-produced vaccine are likely to be among the first to benefit from such a programme.
Although inbound international travellers will likely be exempt from China’s 14-day mandatory quarantine with a vaccine passport, they could still be required to present a negative PCR test result prior to departure.
Meanwhile, domestic travellers holding a vaccine passport will benefit from restriction-free travel without further testing requirements, Zhu Zhengfu, a member of China’s political advisory body CPPCC, told the Global Times.