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China closes its borders, only allowing Chinese nationals, diplomats and C visas to enter

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How the tables can turn within a month or so. Due to the rapid global spread of the Covid-19 virus, China’s Foreign Ministry has announced that they will temporarily suspend all entries into China. This will also include foreign nationals holding valid visas or residence permits in China. Doors closed, but with a few minor exceptions.

“The suspension will be starting tomorrow, is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries.”

“Entry by foreign nationals with APEC business travel cards will be suspended as well.”

The suspension will include

  • Port visas
  • 4/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy
  • Hainan 30 day visa-free policy
  • 15 day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port
  • Guangdong 144 hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR
  • Guangxi 15 day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries will also be temporarily suspended

Entry with diplomatic service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected and foreign nationals visiting to China for economic, trade, scientific or technological activities, or out of emergency humanitarian needs, may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates.

Chinese officials say they will stay in close touch with all borders and “properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under the special circumstances”.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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