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Residents line up to get a throat swab at a testing site due to requirements for a negative COVID test in the last 72 hours to enter some buildings an...
Women wearing masks are reflected at a bus-stop, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A woman wearing a face mask takes photos of lotus flowers at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
People wearing face masks take photos of lotus flowers at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A man and girl wearing face masks ride a pedal cart at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A boy wearing a face mask rides a scooter at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Women wearing face masks walk at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A child wearing a face mask stands watch in between an art sculpture as residents bring their children play on a commercial office building compound i...
A child wearing a face mask throws a sand bag to a masked woman as residents bring their children play on a commercial office building compound in Bei...
Women wearing face masks wait next to their luggage for their transportation at a bus station in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A delivery driver rides past women wearing face masks chatting with each other at a bus station in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Won...
A woman wearing a face mask stands watch behind steel bars on a street in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Residents wearing face masks exercise on a handrail outside a commercial office building in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A child wearing mask balances on a skateboard, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Children wearing masks play at a mall, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Elderly residents wearing masks wait to cross a road, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Elderly residents wearing masks tend to a child near a carousel at a mall, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A woman wearing a mask walks past a beauty salon, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Residents line up to get a throat swab at a testing site due to requirements for a negative COVID test in the last 72 hours to enter some buildings an...

Women wearing masks are reflected at a bus-stop, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A woman wearing a face mask takes photos of lotus flowers at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

People wearing face masks take photos of lotus flowers at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A man and girl wearing face masks ride a pedal cart at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A boy wearing a face mask rides a scooter at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Women wearing face masks walk at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A child wearing a face mask stands watch in between an art sculpture as residents bring their children play on a commercial office building compound i...

A child wearing a face mask throws a sand bag to a masked woman as residents bring their children play on a commercial office building compound in Bei...

Women wearing face masks wait next to their luggage for their transportation at a bus station in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

A delivery driver rides past women wearing face masks chatting with each other at a bus station in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Won...

A woman wearing a face mask stands watch behind steel bars on a street in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Residents wearing face masks exercise on a handrail outside a commercial office building in Beijing, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

A child wearing mask balances on a skateboard, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Children wearing masks play at a mall, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Elderly residents wearing masks wait to cross a road, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Elderly residents wearing masks tend to a child near a carousel at a mall, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A woman wearing a mask walks past a beauty salon, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday announced an easing of its quarantine requirement for people arriving from abroad but stopped short of lifting what remains a stringent COVID-19 policy compared to most other countries.

Anyone coming from outside the country will be required to stay in a quarantine hotel for seven days, followed by three days of home quarantine, the National Health Commission said in its latest pandemic response plan.

The previous plan called for 14 days in a hotel plus seven days of home quarantine. Some cities, including Beijing, have already reduced the hotel requirement to seven or 10 days in recent weeks, according to Chinese media reports.

China has kept tight restrictions on international travel under a “zero-COVID” strategy that seeks to keep the virus out and stop any infections from spreading through lockdowns and mass testing.

Other countries including the United States and Japan have opened their borders at least somewhat as vaccination has reduced the risk of serious cases and death. In Europe, passengers are facing long lines and delays as a surge in summer travel has overwhelmed airlines and airports.

Mi Feng, a spokesperson for China's National Health Commission, described the new plan as not a relaxation of the country's approach but an optimization to make it more scientific and precise.

Wang Liping, an infectious disease researcher for China's Center for Disease Control, said the change reflects the relatively short 2- to 4-day incubation period for the omicron variant, which means most cases can be detected within a week.

Recent outbreaks in mainland China have largely eased. Just under 100 new cases were recorded on Monday, most among people who had arrived recently from overseas. None of the new cases were in Shanghai or Beijing.

The Shanghai Disney Resort announced that its Disneyland theme park will reopen on Thursday after a closure of more than three months because of the virus.

The number of visitors will be limited and a few attractions will remain closed, but most of the park will be open, Shanghai Disney said in a social media post. All guests will be required to show proof of a negative virus test taken within the previous 72 hours.

Shanghai Disneyland closed on March 21 ahead of a citywide lockdown that would paralyze what is China's largest city and a major manufacturing, shipping and financial hub for two months.

Beijing's Universal Studios theme park reopened last weekend after being closed for nearly two months because of an outbreak in the Chinese capital.