China suspends entry of foreigners from four countries amid COVID-19 pandemic
China is temporarily suspending the entry of nationals from the UK, Belgium, France and the Philippines, including visa or residence permit holders, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese diplomatic missions in the four countries said in separate statements on Thursday.
Chinese nationals in these countries are exempt from the temporary ban.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told media on Thursday that the move is a temporary measure China had to take in response to the current outbreak, adding that the decision is reasonable and in line with international practices in light of recent pandemic developments.
The Chinese embassies and consulates will no longer issue certified health declaration forms for people from the listed countries, the statements said.
Holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected, and foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates, the statements added.
Citing the current COVID-19 situation, the embassies said the suspension is a temporary response and will be assessed in accordance with the evolving situation. Any adjustments will be announced accordingly.