China imposes travel bans on Nigeria, others due to new COVID-19 upsurge

The Chinese Government has temporarily suspended issuing entry visa for Nigerians and non-Chinese nationals into its country as a result of the new upsurge of Coronavirus outbreak.

In a public notice announced on the Chinese Embassy’s website, the authorities explained that holders of diplomatic passports, service, courtesy visas would not be affected by the regulation, adding that the measures will be reviewed in accordance with the “evolving situation”.

Accordingly, the notice said the Chinese embassy will no longer issue certified health declaration form for non-Chinese nationals in the country.

Part of the statement read, “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding visas or residence permits still valid at the time of this announcement.

“Foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate.

“Entry by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria with visas issued after November 3, 2020, will not be affected.”

“The above-mentioned measures will be assessed in accordance with the evolving situation and any adjustment will be announced accordingly,” the statement said.

When Contacted, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, declined to comment on restriction on Nigerians who want to travel to China, saying he was not aware of the travel development.

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