Though there is a flood of excellent news coming out for destinations in 2022, it is still important to keep up to date on small changes that could affect or delay your booking. Something that could affect a holiday is the news that Shanghai will enter lockdown for a short period.
Though this is a simple safety measure in reaction to Covid cases rises in Shanghai, it is still important to be aware of changes, both for the traveller and the travel business. Knowing about a change like this as soon as possible will stop it from having a huge impact on planned travel, especially with the more flexible course of travel in 2022 (you can find out more about keeping up to date with 2022 travel in our article).
Following a reported outbreak of Omicron cases in the city of Shanghai, the government has implemented a series of four-day lockdowns. Restaurants, schools, and a majority of public places in the city will remain closed during these lockdowns.
The first four-day lockdown has been in action since Sunday the 27th of March with mass testing of Pudong in east Shanghai. This will be followed by another four-day lockdown in Puxi in west Shanghai from the 1st of April. These lockdowns are expected to help diminish the spread of Omicron without too much disruption.
Updates like this can be followed and checked on the Foreign Travel Advice page where you can ensure you know all the rules and restrictions for your chosen destination. This is run by the Foreign Office and updates are given live.
The Foreign Office has given warnings surrounding the disruption of medical services as a result of this update. Public transport and non-essential private travel are also suspended and all river tunnels that connect the east and west of the city are closed. However, all commercial flights between the UK and the mainland China remain suspended as previously.
It is expected as Shanghai enter lockdown that these lockdowns will not last a long period and any changes necessary can be amended. Good travel businesses will keep up to date and keep their consumers informed if it affects them but keeping independently up to date is a good habit to ensure complete peace of mind when you’re booking a holiday.
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