The Chinese authorities have announced that non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding valid visas and residence permit have been temporarily suspended entry into China due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was disclosed on Thursday in a statement which was issued by the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria.
In the statement, the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria said it would no longer issue certified health declaration form for non-Chinese nationals in the country.
It, however, stated that holders of diplomatic passports, courtesy or C visas would not be affected by the regulation and those visiting for emergency needs may apply for a visa at the Embassy.
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 partly reads: “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 personnel mentioned above. 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 clarified that the suspension was a temporary response necessitated by the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic.
It further disclosed that the measures would be assessed in accordance with the evolving situation “and any adjustment will be announced, accordingly.”
Countries like the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg, Philippines and a few others were also affected by the policy.