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China’s visa suspensioni

On January 10, Chinese embassies in Seoul and Tokyo announced that Beijing would stop issuing short-term visas for South Korean and Japanese citizens entering China, in response to travel restrictions the two countries placed on Chinese travellers after a surge in Covid-19 infections in China.

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  • Beijing has said 10-year visas issued before the pandemic remain suspended, even though new applications are allowed
  • Chinese-Americans who benefited from the scheme said they have been unable to visit family for three years as a result of the pandemic
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Foreign Minister Qin Gang has outlined for the first time the reasons behind China’s suspension of the issuance of short-term visas to South Korean and Japanese nationals.

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Short-term visas were suspended for South Koreans and Japanese in response to restrictions on Chinese travellers. Beijing is expected to cautiously weigh up moves against other nations.

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Chinese embassy in South Korea says visas for business, tourism, medical treatment, transit and general private affairs are suspended for South Koreans.

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