(Yicai Global) March 26 -- In view of the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into the country by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from March 28, Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced tonight.
Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards will be suspended as well. Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected, according to the announcement on its website.
Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Entry by foreign nationals with visas issued after this announcement will not be affected.
The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries. China will stay in close touch with all sides and properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under the special circumstances.
The above-mentioned measures will be calibrated in light of the evolving situation and announced accordingly, according to the ministry.
Editor: Xia Ruirui