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China closes border to foreign travelers

POLITICO logo POLITICO 3/26/2020 By Doug Palmer

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China will temporarily close its border to most foreign travelers, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, to prevent a new outbreak of the coronavirus in the country.

The restriction applies to foreigners holding visas or resident permits, as well as to those holding APEC Business Travel Cards.

"The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries,"China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released today."China will stay in close touch with all sides and properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under the special circumstances."

a man standing in front of a store: A traveler wearing a face mask walks past displays showing flight information at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on March 6, 2020. © Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo A traveler wearing a face mask walks past displays showing flight information at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on March 6, 2020.

The ministry said the ban will not affect those with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas.

"Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates," it added.

President Donald Trump banned travel from China in late January to stop the spread of the disease, and other countries, including the European Union, have adopted similar restrictions.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, in an interview on CNN on Thursday, blamed the scale of the crisis in the United States and around the world on China, saying the country failed to aggressively deal with the initial outbreak.

"The Chinese did not tell us early to mid-December that there was a crisis of human to human transmission with a new novel coronavirus. That has set the world back six weeks," Navarro said.

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