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Ottawa to temporarily require negative COVID-19 test from travellers from China

Ottawa plans to temporarily require people flying from China, Hong Kong and Macao to test negative for COVID-19 before leaving for Canada, beginning in early January.
More European nations tighten COVID rules for China flights

More European nations tighten COVID rules for China flights

PARIS (AP) — France, Spain and England will implement tougher COVID-19 measures for passengers arriving from China, authorities said Friday.
Unlike U.S., Canada will not require COVID testing for travellers from China

Unlike U.S., Canada will not require COVID testing for travellers from China

The Canadian government is not imposing any new rules on travellers arriving at Vancouver International Airport from China, where the spread of the Omicron variant is overwhelming hospitals and funeral homes.
Lack of info on China's COVID-19 surge stirs global concern

Lack of info on China's COVID-19 surge stirs global concern

BEIJING (AP) — Moves by several countries to mandate COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving from China reflect global concern that new variants could emerge in its ongoing explosive outbreak — and that the government may not inform the rest of the wo
Hong Kong scraps vaccine pass, COVID-19 tests for travelers

Hong Kong scraps vaccine pass, COVID-19 tests for travelers

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will scrap some of its COVID-19 restrictions, including PCR tests for inbound travelers and vaccination requirements to enter certain venues, the city’s leader said Wednesday.
China to resume issuing passports, visas as virus curbs ease

China to resume issuing passports, visas as virus curbs ease

BEIJING (AP) — China says it will resume issuing passports for tourism in another big step away from anti-virus controls that isolated the country for almost three years, setting up a potential flood of Chinese going abroad for next month’s Lunar New
Ottawa hasn't been upfront in past about China risks for businesses: Joly

Ottawa hasn't been upfront in past about China risks for businesses: Joly

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said Monday that Ottawa has not been clear with the Canadian business community about the risks they face operating in China.
Canada, China set aside differences to help COP15 nature talks succeed: Guilbeault

Canada, China set aside differences to help COP15 nature talks succeed: Guilbeault

OTTAWA — The international biodiversity framework reached Monday in Montreal was possible because Canada and China were able to set aside their diplomatic differences to co-lead the negotiations, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said as the sum
China easing travel bans could breathe life into B.C. birth tourism, says immigration expert

China easing travel bans could breathe life into B.C. birth tourism, says immigration expert

The number of non-residents paying for births in B.C. hospitals has dropped over 80 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels. The decline is attributed to China's travel restrictions, says an immigration policy expert.
Asia stocks follow Wall St down as Fed warns of higher rates

Asia stocks follow Wall St down as Fed warns of higher rates

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares skidded Thursday after a retreat on Wall Street as markets registered their dismay over the Federal Reserve’s warning that still higher interest rates are in store following its latest increase. Oil prices fell while U.S.