Mayor of Bruges wants entry restrictions on Chinese tourists to avoid Covid infections

Bruges mayor Dirk De fauw has called for entry restrictions for Chinese visitors, after China opened its borders despite high infection rates. De fauw fears additional infections via Chinese visitors in our country.

Bruges traditionally receives large numbers of Chinese tourists. "Every year, some 100.000 to 150.000 visitors from China come to our city," says De fauw. That is why the mayor is worried now that China is reopening its borders after the COVID-19 period. "Infection rates in the country are still very high, but the doors are being opened without restrictions."

De fauw argues for a solution at the European level. "I think there should be either a vaccination certificate or testing. Proof is often needed if we want to travel to other countries outside Europe, too. We should avoid people getting infected here."

According to De fauw, it will be some time before our country will again receive Chinese tourists. "Usually, these are organised group trips, and it won't be until April or May that these will be fully up and running again. So there is plenty of time to work on any restrictions."




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