As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ease in various parts of the world, many countries are gradually opening their borders to foreign tourists. However, the approach of some countries towards reopening their tourism industry is cautious, creating hesitancy among Chinese travelers, who are eager to resume their overseas travel plans.
The Chinese have been one of the largest groups of travelers in recent years, contributing significantly to the global tourism industry’s growth. However, the pandemic led to a dramatic decline in international travel, with many countries imposing restrictions on foreign visitors. But with the progress of vaccination campaigns and the gradual lifting of travel restrictions, Chinese travelers are once again planning their next overseas trip.
However, some countries are hesitant about reopening their borders to international tourists, which may affect the travel plans of the Chinese. For instance, the United Kingdom and Canada require mandatory quarantine for all incoming travelers, while Japan has suspended new entry visas for foreign visitors. Such measures may deter Chinese travelers from choosing these destinations for their next holiday.
On the other hand, some countries are actively promoting their tourism industry and welcoming Chinese visitors. Thailand, for example, has recently launched a special program for long-stay tourists that allows them to stay in the country for up to 9 months, which has attracted many Chinese travelers. Similarly, many European countries, such as Greece, Spain, and Italy, have introduced digital health certificates that allow travelers to enter the country without the need for quarantine.
The Chinese government has also taken steps to facilitate international travel for its citizens. In March 2021, the Chinese authorities introduced the Digital Health Certificate, which provides proof of vaccination and COVID-19 test results, making it easier for Chinese travelers to enter other countries.
In conclusion, while some countries are still cautious about reopening their tourism industry, many others are actively promoting their destinations and welcoming Chinese visitors. Chinese travelers are ready to explore the world again, and with the right measures in place, international travel can resume safely and responsibly.