China is showing further signs of reopening after the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC said last week that people with non-Chinese vaccine records will be permitted to enter the country.

According to an online notice published on April 16, the embassy said that Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine records can be used as part of the documentation needed for entry into China.

We cannot yet confirm whether mandatory quarantine will be required for China-bound travelers with a ‘vaccine passport.’

In the notice, the Embassy also reminded people to avoid traveling for non-emergency purposes.

Last month, Chinese embassies announced that visa rules would be eased for recipients of China-produced vaccines – despite only being available in a limited number of countries.

The latest policy change of accepting Western vaccine records signals China’s efforts to open up after a year of tightly closed borders. There’s a consensus that vaccine passports will be pivotal in the gradual return to international travel.

China is also planning to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by July, and would become the first foreign COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized in the PRC, as cited by Reuters.

China has already launched a mass vaccination rollout for Chinese nationals and foreigners. To find out how to get vaccinated in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

According to the New York Times world COVID-19 vaccination tracker, more than 919 million vaccine doses have been administered worldwide as of April 20. 

China has administered 195 million vaccine doses. The US has fully vaccinated 26% of the population and administered 211 million doses as of press time.

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