China already has a Fast Lane agreement with Singapore, allowing business travelers. Business travelers from South Korea are also allowed in.The vaccine news has given hope that at some point in the future, borders might reopen to vaccinated tourists, too. China's foreign ministry says the move is about kickstarting international travel in an "orderly fashion." Government officials have stated that their goal is to have 40 percent of Chinese citizens vaccinated by June.
Despite rumors that the country would only grant travel visas to people who had gotten the China-created Sinovac vaccine, the Chinese embassy in the United States confirmed on April 20 that travelers with confirmed history of vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines would also be eligible.