COVID-19: China Bars Entry of Nigerians and Others

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The authorities have barred entry into China by issuing a new travel restrictions for Nigerians and other nationals in Nigeria holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits.

An official notice was issued by the Embassy of China and Consulate in Nigeria on Thursday, November 5, stating that the decision was based on the COVID19 concerns in Nigeria.

Other countries placed on temporary travel restrictions include the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg, Philippines, and a few others

The Chinese embassy affirmed that it will no longer issue certified health declaration form for non-Chinese nationals in the country. It added that holders of diplomatic passports, courtesy, or C visas would not be affected by the regulation.

“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 public notice read

In reaction to the development, the spokesman, Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry, Wang Wenbin, told AFP that the entry suspension was a legitimate and valid move consistent with international customary practices.