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China Hints at Stronger Travel Curbs, Adding to Covid Zero Angst

  • Immigration department to limit unnecessary outbound travel
  • Government faces growing anger about toll of tough measures

A public outcry at perceived efforts from China to stop people from leaving the country has erupted, reflecting growing unhappiness over the government’s punishing lockdowns and strict measures to fight Covid.

The National Immigration Administration said Thursday it will strictly limit unnecessary outbound travel for Chinese citizens and tighten the approval of entry and exit documents to prevent the virus being brought into the country. China is grappling to contain its worst outbreak since the early days of the pandemic, with Shanghai enduring a roughly six-week lockdown and Beijing residents fearful they may be next.