Chargé D’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Zhao Yong, on Saturday said the suspension of entry into China for Nigerians and other nationals is temporary.
Mr. Yong spoke on Saturday when he honored an invitation by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, to clarify how the new Chinese visa restriction affects Nigerians.
Effective from November 3rd, 2020, China had suspended entry into its country by
non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria who are holding valid visas or residence permits,
The only exception were holders of diplomatic, Service, courtesy or C visas (issued for foreign crew members) and foreign nationals visiting China for emergencies are to apply for the visa.
In addition, the Chinese Consulate in Nigeria also said it will no longer issue Certified Health Declaration Form to the travelers.
A statement by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, said the consulate explained that its action was necessitated by the current situation of COVID-19.
According to the statement, “the suspension is a temporary response necessitated by the current situation of COVID-19.
“The above-mentioned measures will be assessed in accordance with the evolving situation and any adjustment will be notified accordingly.
“The Ministry will continue to engage the Chinese Government on the issue and keep Nigerians informed.”