China has temporarily suspended entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding valid visas or residence permits.
The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria announced this in a statement on Thursday, citing COVID-19 pandemic.
However, it said that holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be prevented from entering the country.
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 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 Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
“Entry by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria with visas issued after 3 November 2020 will not be affected.
“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 announced accordingly.”
It was learnt that apart from Nigerians, residents of United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg, Philippines, among others are also affected.