New COVID-19 Cases Lead to Travel Restrictions from China

Just as China announced it would be reopening its borders next month, the U.S. has reimposed COVID restrictions on travelers coming from the Asian country.

The Chinese immigration administration announced that passport applications for citizens wishing to travel overseas would resume on January 8, 2023. The move comes after almost three years of virtually closed borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with China imposing some of the strictest quarantine measures in the world.

The announcement on Monday, December 26, was followed by a surge of Chinese citizens visiting travel websites trying to book trips overseas. Foreign visitors will also be