The travel policy in China has been becoming less strict since December, 2022. The trains between Hong Kong and mainland has resumed in January, 2023. And the Chinese embassies has begun to accept the application for tourist visas since March 15th, 2023. It is fair to say that China has entered the Post-Covid-19 era, however, the Covid-19 is still affecting people’s life, so safeguard procedures are still necessary for train passengers in China.
Is It Safe to Travel around China Now?
Yes, most industries see a rapid recovery in 2023, so does tourism. According to China Tourism Research Institute, the number of domestic tourists will reach 4.55 billion at the end of 2023. And the predicted number for international tourists will be announced in next a few months. Based on the statistics, it is easy to get the conclusion that it is absolutely safe to travel around China.
Train Travel Tips During the Post-Covid-19 Era
The coronavirus risk is relatively high in crowded places, such as airports and train stations. However, if you are already in China and need to take a train, precautions need to be taken to protect yourself.
1. Wear a face mask. While on the train or in the train station, wearing a mask properly can reduce the risk of infection. A specialized mask, also known as an N95 respirator, offers more effective protection against the new coronavirus. A regular surgical face mask is also acceptable if an N95 respirator is not available.
2. Wash your hands frequently with soap/hand sanitizer and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom or touching an elevator rail or buttons.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth before washing your hands. This is because the new coronavirus can transfer to you from your hands after touching surfaces that are contaminated with the virus.
4. Take your own hand sanitizer and disposable wet tissues with you. Soap or hand sanitizers are not usually available in train stations or on trains. It is a good idea to carry your own.
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