China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has approved the resumption of outbound group tours to 20 countries from February 6.
The last outbound group tours from China were conducted in January 2020, before the government issued an urgent order to suspend operations so as to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The 20 countries approved for outbound group tours are Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, the UAE, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Russia, Switzerland, Hungary, New Zealand, Fiji, Cuba and Argentina.
Chinese travel agencies and online travel companies are now permitted to prepare product releases and proceed with destination promotions.
The commencement of group tours comes with strict requirements. Chinese travel agencies and online travel companies must ensure the safety and interests of tourists on group tours, implement epidemic prevention and control measures, standardise business activities, and enforce strict supervision. Tour participants must also keep to the reported programme and schedule.