Foreigners in China to be held accountable for refusing health treatment measures

All foreigners in China shall strictly abide by the laws and regulations and actively cooperate with measures taken to prevent the risks caused by the epidemic, said China's National Immigration Administration in an announcement on Friday.

This came as epidemic control and prevention are being constantly consolidated and expanded in the country.

The National Immigration Administration has been collecting relevant legal provisions relating to the rights and obligations of foreigners in China in epidemic prevention and control, which it included in the announcement.

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Foreigners in China shall register their accommodation on time and comply with identification inspection of public security organs. In addition, they shall cooperate with the governments at all levels and relevant departments in China when they undergo monitoring, isolation as well as other measures for effective prevention and control of the spread of infectious diseases and protection of public safety and health. 

Whoever refuses health quarantine measures such as health declaration, temperature check, epidemiological investigation and collection of samples, or refuses health treatment measures such as isolation, inspection, local treatment and transfer to other hospitals for treatment shall be held accountable in accordance with the law and penalized with a warning, a fine or detention.

Where foreigners violate the laws or regulations of China, the public security organ shall make decisions including invalidating, canceling or confiscating their visas or other documents, ordering them to exit China within a time limit, and repatriating or deporting them according to their violations.

It also said that repatriated foreigners shall not be allowed to enter China for one to five years from the date of repatriation. Deported foreigners shall not be allowed to enter China within 10 years calculating from the date of deportation.

(Cover: A staff member reminds foreigners to fill in an arrival card at Qingdao Liuting International Airport in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province, March 5, 2020. /Xinhua)