The Chinese Government has decided to ease flight restrictions and reduced quarantine times for close contacts of cases and for inbound travellers by two days, Reuters reported.

Additionally, the government is removing penalties on airline companies that bring infected passengers into the country.

The new rules were discussed by the government as part of the 20 measures with the objective of improving Covid control policies, according to the news agency.

According to the new rules, the quarantine period for close contacts has been reduced to five days at a centralised location plus three days at home.

Previously, it was seven days at a centralised location and three days at home.

The news agency reported that similar quarantine rules for inbound travellers were also published on the National Health Commission website, which is the Chinese health authority.

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During the latest government officials meeting, a decision was also made to remove the rule of suspending international flight routes due to the detection of infected passengers.

It was also decided to reduce the pre-departure Covid test requirement from twice to once in 48 hours.

In August, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) eased Covid rules by cutting down the suspension time for Covid-19-affected people travelling through scheduled inbound international flights.

At that time, the CAAC said: “The new norm under the deployment of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council targets Covid-19 prevention, as well as social and economic development, to contain the pandemic more scientifically.”