The Chinese government on Thursday temporarily suspended entry into the Asian country by Nigerians and other nationals in Nigeria holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits over COVID-19 pandemic.
The Embassy of China and Consulate in Nigeria, which announced the development in a statement, added that it would no longer issue certified health declaration form for non-Chinese nationals in the country.
The Embassy, however, said holders of diplomatic passports, courtesy or C visas would not be affected by the regulation.
Citizens of the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg, Philippines, and a few others were also affected by the policy initiated by the Chinese government to evaluate the COVID-19 situation in the listed countries.
It, however, said holders of diplomatic passports, courtesy or C visas would not be affected by the regulation.
The statement 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.”
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