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Charge D’ Affaires, Mr Zhao Yong clarifies China’s new entry restriction placed on Nigerian citizens

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Geoffrey Onyeama

By Audrey Lotechukwu

SAT, 14 NOV, 2020-theGBJournal– China Charge D’ Affaires in Nigeria, Mr Zhao Yong said that the Chinese Embassy decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding valid visas or residence permit, effective from November 3rd, 2020, due to the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the measures will be assessed in accordance with the evolving situation ‘’and any adjustment will be notified accordingly.’’

The new measure also means that the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria will no longer issue Certified Health Declaration Form for Nigerians seeking to travel to China.

The update followed the invitation issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama to Mr Zhao Yong to provide clarification on how the new Chinese visa restrictions affect Nigeria.

Zhao Yong said, ‘’Entry by holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C Visas (issued for foreign crew members) will not be affected,’’ adding that ‘’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.’’

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