Passengers, wearing facemasks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19, board a flight to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on July 14, 2020. (PHOTO / AFP)

China will end the over two-year long control measures—"circuit breaker" and "Five One" policies— for inbound international flights starting Jan 8, promoting the resumption of international passenger flights, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said on Wednesday.

No more flights will be categorized as high-risk. The 75 percent of seat requirements for inbound flights will also be lifted.

No more closed-loop management, quarantine or nucleic acid test results are required for inbound flight air crew and staff

No more closed-loop management, quarantine or nucleic acid test results are required for inbound flight air crew and staff.

The sector will strengthen the management of the price of international flights in accordance with bilateral air transport agreements and relevant state laws and regulations, inspecting unfair competition in ticket prices, maintaining a reasonable price in the air transport market and protecting the right and interest of customers and operators.

According to the "Five One" policy, domestic airlines had to reduce their international routes to one per country and cap their number of flights at no more than one per week, while foreign carriers were allowed to maintain only one air route to China and operate no more than one flight a week.

The "circuit breaker" rule means that carriers' operations will be suspended for two weeks if five or more passengers test positive for COVID-19 when they land in China. If 10 or more passengers test positive, the suspension period was extended to four weeks.

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Also on Wednesday, China's customs authorities announced that nucleic acid testing requirements for all international travelers will be adjusted on Jan 8.

Inbound travelers to China will be required to declare the results of a nucleic acid test taken within 48 hours prior to their border entry, according to a statement from the General Administration of Customs.

Those with no issue in their health declaration will be permitted to enter China, while those with an abnormal health status or fever symptoms will be treated in accordance with their condition, it said.

All nucleic acid testing and COVID-19 monitoring requirements for imported cold-chain foods and non-cold-chain imported goods will be removed, according to the authority.

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On Tuesday, China announced it would lift quarantine for inbound passengers from abroad, also starting on Jan 8.

With Xinhua inputs