Coronavirus: China Announces Travel Ban on All Foreign Nationals

The exception is foreigners with diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visas, who will reportedly not be affected by the policy, as well as those traveling to China for “necessary economic, trade, scientific, technological or humanitarian reasons”.

Shanghai skyline.

To slow the spread of coronavirus, China will suspend the entry of all foreign nationals, including those with a work visa or residence permit, starting midnight March 28.

The exception is foreigners with diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visas, who will reportedly not be affected by the policy, as well as those traveling to China for “necessary economic, trade, scientific, technological or humanitarian reasons.”

The ministry said in a statement: “The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in the 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 special circumstances.

“The above-mentioned measures will be calibrated in light of the evolving situation and announced accordingly.”

To curb imported cases, China’s civil aviation authority also said that foreign airlines will be allowed to operate just one route per week from Sunday.

Meanwhile, domestic airlines will be restricted to flying one route to any given country no more than once a week.

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