Beijing 2022: Tickets to be sold exclusively to spectators residing in China’s mainland

During an Executive Board (EB) meeting today (29 September), Beijing 2022 informed the principles that will help deliver safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held an Executive Board (EB) meeting today, in the presence of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Beijing 2022 informed the principles that will help deliver safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as scheduled.

The IOC and IPC stated that they fully respect the principles established by Beijing 2022, which were based on consultation with international experts and the Chinese authorities, as well as the experience of Olympic and Paralympic stakeholders.

The principles presented by Beijing 2022 will be detailed in the Playbooks, the first version of which will be released in late October. A second version will then be published in December.

The principles announced include a vaccination policy that states that all athletes and Games participants who are fully vaccinated will enter the closed-loop management system upon arrival. Games participants who are not fully vaccinated will have to serve a 21-day quarantine upon arrival in Beijing.

Athletes who can provide a justified medical exemption will have their cases considered, while all vaccines recognised by WHO or related international organisations, or approved by the countries or regions concerned, will be accepted.

All domestic and international Games participants and workforce in the closed-loop management system will be subject to daily testing.

Tickets will be sold exclusively to spectators residing in China's mainland, who meet the requirements of the COVID-19 countermeasures. Specific requirements on COVID-19 countermeasures for spectators from China’s mainland and the details of ticketing arrangements are under discussion and development and will be released to the public in due course once they are finalised.

The IOC and IPC welcomed the decision to allow for the sale of tickets to spectators residing in China's mainland. They also stated that they feel for the athletes and spectators around the world, knowing that the restriction on spectators from outside mainland China had to be put in place in order to ensure the safe holding of the Games this winter.