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China Encourages NO Travelling This Spring Festival


2021 Chinese New Year

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Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on February 12 this year. The traditional holiday normally sees more people on the move, more gatherings, and more imports of cold-chain food and cargo, bringing more challenges for prevention and control efforts.


The annual travel during the Spring Festival holidays, called "Chunyun"() in Chinese, will see a lower scale of population flow than the normal level this year.


But that sense of a return to normalcy has been thrown into question after new outbreaks in several areas, including North China's Hebei Province, where 22 million people have been put under lockdown amid rising infections. New cases have been reported in several other places, including Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province and North China's Shanxi Province.


China's National Health Commission on Saturday suggested people stay in their working city during the Spring Festival and try to buy goods online to avoid the spread of the virus as winter eases the virus. 29 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hebei, Henan, Shanxi, Shandong, and so on, have released similar notifications.


Relevant Notifications


Shanghai


On Jan.13th, Shanghai announced 8 measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the coming Spring Festival travel season:


01

Except for returning home to visit relatives or for official business, people should not leave Shanghai or go abroad unless necessary. People should be encouraged to spend the Spring Festival in Shanghai and reduce personnel flow as far as possible.

02

People from high-risk areas of the domestic epidemic are temporarily postponed from coming to Shanghai and returning to Shanghai. They can only come to Shanghai and return to Shanghai when the risk level of the area is reduced to low risk.

03

All people coming to and returning to Shanghai from areas with high epidemic risks in China (prefecture-level cities and districts), should report to the local village committees and units (or hotels) as soon as possible and within 12 hours after their arrival in Shanghai.

04

All people coming to and returning from Shanghai who came from or passes through areas (counties, districts, or cities) with high epidemic risks in China, shall be placed under concentrated quarantine for 14 days for health observation and should take coronavirus nucleic acid twice.

05

All the people coming from or passing through the risk areas of the domestic epidemic and their counties (districts, cities) will be subjected to strict community health management for 14 days and should take coronavirus nucleic acid twice.

06

Airports, stations, docks and other transport passenger yards (stations) to strengthen the body temperature measurement and health code inspection of people coming to Shanghai and returning to Shanghai.

07

The village committee, units, schools, and hotels should strengthen the body temperature measurement and the city health code inspection of the people who come to Shanghai and return to Shanghai.

08

From the date of release, the above measures shall be implemented until March 31, 2021. The city will adjust the relevant prevention, control measures, and implementation time in a dynamic manner according to the situation of the epidemic at home and abroad.


Travel Restrictions


In general, in most cities, people who have travelled history in medium and high-risk areas are required to be quarantined and tested.


UPDATE: 

The List of Medium and High-risk Regions 

in China

High-risk areas 


Hebei ProvinceGaocheng District, Shijiazhuang


Medium-risk areas 


Swipe for more


Source: XJTLU


Holiday arrangements


New Year's Day:

January 1st to 3rd, 2021, 3 days in total.


Spring Festival: 

February 11 to 17,  7 days in total.

Work on February 7 (Sunday) and February 20 (Saturday).


Holiday Arrangements for Year 2021 Unveiled by the State Council



Travel by Railway


The 2021 Spring Festival travel rush will kick off on January 28, lasting for 40 days until March 8. Pre-sales of train tickets started on December 30.


By the way, the China Railway official website 12306 has launched an English version interface for train ticket booking!



According to the China railway department, functions of the 12306.cn English website is more simple than the Chinese website, there are functions such as account registration and log-in, purchase, endorsement, refunds of tickets, change of destination for tickets and order inquiry etc.


Moreover, only valid foreign passports are useable for account registration on 12306.cn English website.

12306 also provide an English telephone service: 862112306.


Source: www.12306.cn


COVID-19 Travel Tips for Residents


The Shanghai Center of Health Promotion has issued seven pandemic control tips for local residents:



Please Stay safe and Happy New Year to everyone!



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