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Malaysia Is One Of Top 10 Chinese Tourist Destinations Once Their Borders Open On 8 Jan

For the past three years, Chinese citizens were prohibited from obtaining passports or leaving China unless they had a valid reason, which was usually for business.

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After nearly three years, China will reopen its borders to international travellers and allow its citizens to travel abroad from 8 January 2023

China's National Health Commission made the announcement on Monday, 26 December, in a major easing of curbs, which includes abandonment of quarantine upon arrival in the country.

Travellers visiting China will be required to take a COVID-19 test 48 hours before departure and may enter the country with a negative result, according to Reuters.

All measures to control the number of international passenger flights will be called off. Masks, however, are still a must while on board.

Chinese nationals will be allowed to travel too, but authorities did not detail the procedure or timing.

For the past three years, they were prohibited from obtaining passports or leaving China unless they had a valid reason, which was usually for business.

Now that they can travel, Malaysia is reportedly one of the top 10 countries Chinese nationals want to visit

A report by CNBC, citing travel booking company Trip.com Group, stated that as soon as China's new policy was revealed, searches for international travel reached a three-year high.

The top 10 international locations with the fastest-growing search volume included Japan, Thailand, South Korea, the US, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and the UK. Macao and Hong Kong were also of top interest.

Chinese citizens are apparently not interested in travelling to Europe, as none of the countries on the continent made the list. 

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