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Adam Minter

Farewell, Chinese Tourist. We’ll Miss Each Other.

A crackdown by Beijing on travel abroad sends a bleak post-Covid warning to its citizens and the global economy.

The way it used to be.

The way it used to be.

Photographer: Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty Images

It's been more than two years since countries started closing their borders to visitors to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Now China, facing its worst outbreak of the pandemic, is trying a new tactic.

Henceforth, “unnecessary” overseas travel by Chinese citizens will also be restricted, supposedly to keep residents from bringing the virus home from abroad. The policy, announced earlier this month, will also make it harder to get passports and other travel documents.