China Suspends Entry From U.K. and Philippines as Covid-19 Surges
What’s new: China has decided to suspend the entry of inbound travelers with valid visas or residence permits from both the U.K. and Philippines as coronavirus cases rise in the two countries, according to statements released by the Chinese embassies in both nations on Wednesday and Thursday (link in Chinese) respectively.
The announcements said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, China has suspended entry into China by non-Chinese nationals from both countries even if they currently hold valid visas and residence permits for work, personal matters, and reunion. The Chinese Embassy will therefore no longer issue health certificates for those travelers from either country.
Exceptions will be given to holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or crew visas. Foreign nationals visiting China for emergency reasons may also apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Visas issued after Nov. 3 will not be affected, the statements said.
The temporary suspensions come as a result of the current Covid-19 situation in both countries, and the measures will be adjusted in accordance with the evolving situation, Chinese authorities said.
The background: The U.K. recently passed 1 million confirmed cases, with 1,099,059 people testing positive in total, with a cumulative total death toll currently standing at 60,051, according to data released by the U.K. government. There are fears the situation could worsen with winter fast approaching.
The Philippines has reported a total of 388,137 cases with 7,367 related deaths according to Department of Health statistics.
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