China to temporarily ban entry of foreign travellers to stop spread of coronavirus

Published on: 27th March 2020

The measure will take effect at midnight on March 28th.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that China will temporarily suspend entry for foreign nationals with visas or residence permits, starting at midnight on 28th March. The move is the latest measure aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus, and is a sign that the Chinese government is seeking to curb the number of imported cases in order to stop the epidemic from flaring up again as its own number of cases begins to subside.

A spokesperson for the Ministry commented: “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.”


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