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COVID-19: China bars Nigerians, others from entry

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COVID-19 The Chinese authorities have temporarily suspended entry into China by Nigerians and other nationals in Nigeria holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits due to the COVID – 19 pandemic .
Our correspondent learnt that the United Kingdom, Belgium , Luxembourg , Philippines and a few others were also affec ted by the policy .
It was gathered that the decision was informed by the evaluation of the COVID – 19 situation in the concerned countries .
Announcing this in a public notice on Thursday , the Embassy of China and Consulate in Nigeria also said it will no longer issue certified health declaration form for non – Chinese nationals in the country.
It , however , said holders of diplomatic passports, courtesy or C visas would not be affected by the regulation .
The statement was titled , ‘ Notice of temporary suspension of entry into China by non – Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits. ’
It 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 .
“ The Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria will no longer issue a certified health declaration form for the above -mentioned personnel . Entry by holders of diplomatic service , courtesy or C visas will not be affected .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 embassy explained that the suspension was a temporary response necessitated by the current situation of COVID – 19 .
It added that the measures would be assessed in accordance with the evolving situation “ and any adjustment will be announced, accordingly . ”
Also speaking on the development in an interview with the AFP , the spokesman, Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry , Wang Wenbin , said the entry suspension was a legitimate and valid move consistent with international customary practices .

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