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Forums > Living in Kunming > Covid vaccine mandatory for all adults?

Good to see the national government stepping in and once again re-iterating the voluntary nature of the vaccination rollout. China is in many ways a lot more reasonable than many so-called "democratic" countries like Italy and France, which plan to introduce vaccine passports for taking part in everyday non-essential activities soon.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Covid vaccine mandatory for all adults?

Prison? Don't be ridiculous. I'm not going to get into what one thinks about China's policies but needless to say this particular one merely makes it more difficult to access certain services if you're unvaccinated and for the time being is limited to only a few counties/cities in the country. There is unlikely to be a policy where people are criminalized for refusing the vaccine.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > COVID 19 vaccine for foreigners

Geezer, thanks for sharing. Bamei - incidentally, the Global Times also published a similar editorial expressing concerns about experimental mRNA technology. Don't shoot the messenger.

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@tigertiger, I thought masks were required at more venues than that. What about public transportation? I know this remains mandatory throughout much of the rest of the country and I see that masks are being worn in selected indoor settings even in Kunming by my colleagues, suggesting it's required in those settings too. This does not include small shops. I'm referring more to museums and possibly malls. For the record, my colleagues only wear masks when required to do so, therefore I presume when I see photos of them masked, it's because they're required to wear a mask in such settings.

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It's clear who the brainwashed one is in this story - the western traveler (Thor). The locals know that Ebola wasn't what it was purported to be, hence why there was no need to take any special precautions.

Kunming seems to experience more disruptive and severe flooding than low lying cities such as Bangkok and Jakarta. Could be of course that these cities tend to have very predictable rainfall patterns and while their drainage systems are often clogged with garbage, flooding tends to be short-lived and confined to local areas rather than city wide. Upcountry towns located near rivers are the ones sometimes impacted by more widespread and severe flooding, again almost always during the rainy season. Of course there are also various parts of China, particularly in the central part of the country where flooding is a regular occurrence.

Good article but a few inaccuracies. This border crossing opened as an international border to foreigners in possession of Myanmar visas on August 28, 2013, not only 2016. Since then it has been possible to visit this area then proceed to other parts of Myanmar by air (or vice versa). The on-arrival permit system for foreigners without visas is still in place, reportedly the requirement to have a guide (for 1000 Baht a day and payment must be in Baht) is still in existence if you don't have a Myanmar visa, but with the e-visa system now it would seem rather odd not to go for a Myanmar visa even if you're only going to Kengtung and coming back the same way - you'll even save money by not needing a guide. You can always hire a guide for trekking around Kengtung. Of course, a guide may also come in handy if you intend on traveling by car with driver, however, it is not possible to travel west of Kengtung towards Taunggyi by road, except with a permit, though I hear none have been issued since around Dec 2016.

Many thousands of Thais cross the border between Mae Sai and Tachilek daily, so the author is greatly misleading readers when he claims only 5000 crossed last year. If he meant 5000 non-Thai foreigners, he may have been right but there are surely as many (if not more) Thai daytrippers crossing this border as has been the case for years, as Chinese who cross to Mengla or Muse from their respective border towns on the Chinese side. This is partially the case due to Mae Sai being an official border crossing for many years (by comparison, Mengla is not an official crossing even for Chinese) and there is a large market on the Burmese side that Thais like to visit.

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