China will temporarily suspend entry for foreigners – including those with a permanent residence permit – from Saturday as the country continues to fight the corona virus
- Even those with a residence permit cannot return from Saturday
- A statement said, “[This] is a temporary measure that China should take in the light of the outbreak situation and practices of other countries. ‘
- Diplomatic workers are exempt from the ban, as are holders of a “C” category visa
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The Chinese Foreign Ministry has announced that it will temporarily ban most foreigners from entering the country in an attempt to stop new coronavirus cases.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that even foreign citizens with a residence permit will be prevented from Saturday.
All visa-free transit policies are temporarily suspended.
It also said that diplomatic workers will be exempt, and that foreign citizens coming to China for “necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activity or for humanitarian emergencies” can still apply for a visa.
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An exception is also being made for holders of ‘C’ visas, the ministry said in a statement.
‘C’ visas are issued to foreigners involved in the provision of international transport services.
In a statement, the State Department said, “The suspension is a temporary measure China should take in light of the outbreak situation and other countries’ practices.”
The coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China and has since established strict curfew and lockdown procedures.
However, as the number of domestic virus cases in China has declined, the country has suffered from infections caused by people who have recently arrived from abroad.
Such infections have accounted for most new cases in China for more than a week.