Tourists head to China as borders reopened after three years

06:20 PM | 9 Jan, 2023
Tourists head to China as borders reopened after three years

BEIJING - China has reopened its borders to international travelers for the first time since it imposed strict travel restrictions in March 2020 in the wake of Covid-19.

As per latest guidelines effective January 8th, arriving passengers will no longer need to quarantine but will still require proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of traveling.

Observers are expecting rush of visitors especially from Hong Kong in the upcoming weeks to let people in the country move to the Guangdong province of China and other regions to reunite with families. On Sunday, more than 36,000 people from Hong Kong departed the city via its land borders according to official figures.

On Sunday, China resumed issuing passports and travel visas for mainland residents, and ordinary visas and residence permits for foreigners as well.

Over the past three years, China had imposed one of the world’s strictest Covid restrictions including lockdowns and frequent testing which dent a blow to its economy. 

While China is easing the restrictions, countries are increasingly ramping up measures for visitors especially from China. For example countries like the US and Italy besides others have announced that they will test the passengers coming from China, drawing sharp criticism from Beijing.

International health experts including the ones from World Health Organization (WHO) are skeptical of the data shown by China of victims of new variant of Covid-19, alleging that the country was underreporting. On the other hand, Beijing has taken aims at what it says 'discrimination' regarding its visitors.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 1, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 1, 2024 (Friday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.32 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 353 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 1, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.32 282.35
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.4 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.43 174.43
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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