CHINA BLOCKS TRAVELERS FROM UK, BELGIUM, PHILIPPINES
China has barred entry to non-Chinese visitors from Britain, Belgium and the Philippines and demanded travelers from the United States, France and Germany present results of additional health tests, as coronavirus cases rise around the world.
In some of the most stringent border restrictions imposed by any country in response to the pandemic, China has temporarily suspended entry of non-Chinese nationals travelling from the United Kingdom even if they hold valid visas and residence permits, the Chinese embassy in Britain said, Reuters reported.
The Chinese embassies in Belgium and the Philippines released similar statements announcing restrictions on travelers from the two countries. The rejection of non-Chinese travelers from Britain came as England entered a month-long lockdown starting Thursday. Britain’s death toll is the highest in Europe and it is grappling with more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases a day. Belgium has Europe’s highest per capita number of new confirmed cases, while the Philippines has the second-highest number of infections and deaths in Southeast Asia after Indonesia.
The suspension was a partial reversal of an easing on Sept. 28, when China allowed all foreigners with valid residence permits to enter. In March, China had banned entry of foreigners in response to the epidemic.