Citing Covid Concern, China Temporarily Suspends Entry of Indians With Valid Visas or Residence Permits

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China has temporarily suspended the entry of foreign nationals in India holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits due to the coronavirus pandemic. A statement by the Chinese Embassy in India said Chinese embassy or consulates in India will not stamp Health Declaration Forms for holders of the above-mentioned categories.

The embassy said foreigners holding Chinese diplomatic, service, courtesy and C visas will not be affected by the decision. "Foreigners with emergency or humanitarian needs to visit China can submit visa application to the Chinese embassy/consulates in India. The entry into China with visas issued after November 3, 2020, is not affected," it said.

The statement clarified that it is a temporary measurement that "China has to adopt to deal with the current pandemic".

"China will make further adjustment and announcement in accordance with the ongoing pandemic situation in a timely manner," it added.