China bans arrivals from UK over COVID-19

Beijing, Nov 5 (efe-epa).- China banned the entry of passengers traveling from the United Kingdom due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the country, which announced a new confinement in England after registering a daily record number since May of 492 deaths and more than 25,000 infections.

According to an announcement published on the website of the Chinese legation in London, not even foreigners with valid visas or residence permits for China will be able to enter the country.

It said the embassy and consulates in the United Kingdom would no longer issue health certificates that corroborate the validity of negative nucleic acid tests (PCR) prior to flights, an essential requirement for those who intend to travel to China.

The notice does not mention Chinese residents or those who are in the United Kingdom, which suggests they will be able to return to their country and process the necessary documents to do so.

Crew, diplomatic, service or courtesy visas will not be affected and, according to the Chinese mission in London, permits will continue to be processed for emergencies.

“The suspension is a temporary response necessary due to the current situation of COVID-19. The measures mentioned will be evaluated according to the changing situation, and any adjustments will be announced accordingly,” the document said.

China all but closed its borders in late March due to the global spread of the novel coronavirus. Though it has allowed the arrival of some nationals and foreign residents in recent months, the fear of imported cases from other countries makes it difficult to find flights to the country, which tourists are still unable to access. EFE-EPA


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