Winter Olympics: Athletes not vaccinated against Covid must quarantine for 21 DAYS

Athletes not vaccinated against Covid will be made to quarantine for 21 DAYS by Winter Olympics officials… and tickets for Beijing 2022 will only be open to those from Chinese mainland

  • Winter Olympic athletes will have to isolate for 21 days if not fully vaccinated 
  • The International Olympic Committee confirmed the decision on Wednesday 
  • Beijing 2022 will also only sell tickets to people from the Chinese mainland 

Any unvaccinated athletes travelling to the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year will have to serve a 21-day quarantine on arrival, according to new rules announced on Wednesday.

The latest directives around Beijing 2022 also confirmed no tickets would be sold to foreign spectators, with only those from the Chinese mainland permitted at the Games, which begin on February 4.

An update via the International Olympic Committee read: ‘All parties feel for the athletes and the spectators from 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.’ 

Athletes going to the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing next year will be mandated to quarantine for 21 days if they are not vaccinated against Covid, new rules have confirmed

The IOC spoke of what they termed a ‘closed loop’, a bubble equivalent, and participants will be allowed to move only between Games-related venues for training, competitions and work as part of the rules. A dedicated Games transport system will be put in place. 

Athletes fully vaccinated will not be required to enter mandatory quarantine. 

The strict rules will apply around all Games-related areas and stadiums as well as accommodation, catering and the opening and closing ceremonies. 

It was confirmed that all domestic and international participants, as well as workers, will be tested daily against Covid-19. 

The International Olympic Committee said 'justified medical exemptions' will be considered

The International Olympic Committee said ‘justified medical exemptions’ will be considered

The Winter Olympic Games begin on February 4, 2022, and will last 16 days in total. 

The delayed 2020 Summer Games, which took place in Tokyo earlier this year, was closed off to fans except for a handful of events which took place outside the Japanese capital.

‘Athletes who can provide a justified medical exemption will have their cases considered,’ the IOC said in a statement. 

The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee has already announced only fully vaccinated athletes would be considered for selection at the 2022 Games.