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Beijing Reopens for International Flights After Covid Isolation

  • China’s cut to quarantine period paves way for more flights
  • Even with easier travel rules, the country remains isolated
Inbound passengers waiting to be taken to quarantine-designated destinations at the Beijing International Airport on June 18.
Inbound passengers waiting to be taken to quarantine-designated destinations at the Beijing International Airport on June 18.Photographer: Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images

Beijing is welcoming back direct inbound passenger flights from overseas for the first time in more than two years as China eases parts of what is still the toughest pandemic border regime in the world.

Air China Ltd.’s website shows it restarted a direct flight from Paris once a week, while ANA will resume weekly flights from Narita in August. Meanwhile, Etihad Airways PJSC resumed direct flights to the capital in late June after China halved the length of time incoming travelers must spend in a quarantine facility to seven days, state broadcaster China National Radio reported earlier this month.