BEIJING (Forsige) – China has banned non-Chinese travelers from Britain, France, Belgium, the Philippines, and India, enforcing some of the most strict entry curbs of any country as coronavirus cases surge across the world.
The controls, which cover those with valid visas and residency permits and take effect in combination with a more stringent testing system for arrivals from many other countries, drew a frosty response from Britain.
“We are concerned by the abruptness of the announcement and the blanket ban on entry, and await further clarification on when it will be lifted,” said the British Chamber of Commerce in China as the blanket bans were announced by the five countries’ Chinese embassies.
On Thursday, England began a month-long lockdown. Britain’s death rate from viruses is the largest in Europe, and more than 20,000 new cases a day are being dealt with.
Belgium has the highest number of new confirmed cases per capita in Europe, while France and India are among the top five countries with the most infections in the world.
On Sept. 28, when China allowed all foreigners with valid residency permits to enter, the suspensions were a partial reversal of an easing. In March, in reaction to the outbreak, China prohibited the entry of foreigners.
Meanwhile, several individuals planning November visits to China scrambled to book earlier flights to avoid potentially disruptive constraints due for Friday’s coming into force for other nations.
From Friday, all passengers bound for mainland China from the United States, France, Germany, and Thailand must take a nucleic acid test and a blood test for coronavirus antibodies no more than 48 hours prior to boarding.