Mar 27, 2020 04:21 AM

China to Suspend Entry of Foreigners as Covid-19 Accelerates Abroad

What’s New: China will temporarily ban foreign nationals with visas or residence permits from entering the country starting March 28 because of concerns over the spread of Covid-19 abroad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Immigration Administration said late Thursday in a statement.

Foreigners with certain types of visas including diplomatic, service and courtesy visas will not be affected by the new policy. People with important trade and economic purposes as well as humanitarian needs will be allowed to enter after obtaining necessary visas, the ministry said.

“China will stay in close touch with all parties and properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under the special circumstances,” the ministry said. “The measures will be adjusted according to the evolving situation of the outbreak.”

Why it’s happening: The move reflects China’s urgent need to contain new infections being brought back into the country by travelers from aboard as the domestic outbreak eases.

China reported 67 new cases Wednesday, all from international travel, as locally transmitted infections have waned. The country earlier rolled out quarantine and testing requirements for inbound travelers as well as restrictions on international flights to contain the virus.

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