China bans travellers from UK because of high Covid rate

China is suspending entry for most foreign passport holders who reside in Britain, reacting to a new surge of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom.

The suspension covers those holding visas or residence permits issued prior to November 3, with exceptions for diplomats and some others.

Foreign nationals wishing to visit China for emergency needs may apply for special case visas.

The Chinese Embassy in London says the suspension will be “assessed in accordance with the evolving situation and any adjustment will be announced accordingly”.

China has largely contained the spread of the coronavirus within the country but continues to record imported cases, including another 20 reported on Thursday.

Chinese officials require all people arriving in China to undergo two weeks of quarantine.

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