Beijing, March 26 (Xinhua) - China on Thursday night announced the temporary suspension of the entry of foreign holders of Chinese visa or a residence permit < / p>

in view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 worldwide, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China's foreign holders of visas or permits residence is still valid at the time of this announcement, effective from 0: 00 I have March 28, 2020, said a statement jointly issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chinese and the National Administration of Migration

. According to the statement, the entry of foreigners with APEC Business travel cards will be suspended, and

. visa policies including ports, transit policy without a visa 24/72 / 144- hour, Hainan 30 days without visa policy, visa exemption policy 15 days specified for the crossing of the group-tour abroad through the port of Shanghai, Guangdong 144 hours of visa policy specified free for groups of foreign tourists from Hong Kong or Macao and Guangxi policy visa 15 days specified for groups of foreign tourists from ASEAN countries also will be temporarily suspended, the statement said.

However, the entry with diplomatic, service, or courtesy visas C will not be affected, according to the document

foreigners who come to China for scientific or technological activities or needs emergency humanitarian can apply for visas at embassies or consulates Chinese economic, trade necessary, the statement said, adding that the entry of foreigners with visas issued will not be affected after this announcement.

"Suspension is a temporary measure that China is forced to take into account the situation of the outbreak and practices of other countries," said the statement

"China will stay in close contact with all sides and properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under special circumstances"

. The above measures will be calibrated in light of the evolving situation and accordingly announced, the statement said. End

Beijing,  Guangdong,  Shanghai, 

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