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China gives clarification on new entry measures for Nigerian nationals

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has invited the Chargé D’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Zhao Yong, to provide clarification on how the new Chinese visa restrictions affect Nigerians.

This comes after the Government of China temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria.

A statement signed by Ferdinand Nwonye, the spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provides details of the clarification given by China.

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The Chinese Embassy said, “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding valid visas or residence permits, effective from November 3rd, 2020. The Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria will no longer issue Certified Health Declaration Form for the above-mentioned.

“Entry by holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas issued for foreign crew members) will not be affected. Foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visa at Chinese Embassy or Consulate. Entry by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria with visas issued after November 3rd, 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 notified accordingly.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it will continue to engage the Chinese Government on the issue and keep Nigerians informed.

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