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China temporarily bars entry of foreigners travelling from Canada

Entry with diplomatic and service visas will not be affected, the Chinese consulate in Toronto said.

January 31, 2021 / 02:47 PM IST
A police officer checks identification cards as people queue up to check in for domestic flights ahead of the country's national

A police officer checks identification cards as people queue up to check in for domestic flights ahead of the country's national "Golden Week" holiday at Beijing's Capital International Airport. (PC- AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

China has temporarily banned entry of foreign nationals travelling from Canada, even if they hold valid Chinese residence permits for work, the Chinese consulate in Toronto said.

"All foreign nationals who hold valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunion are temporarily not allowed to enter China from Canada," the consulate said in a statement on its website on Saturday.

Entry with diplomatic and service visas will not be affected, it said.

The suspension comes as Canada clamps down on cross-border travel due to COVID-19 concerns. Canada reported 4,255 new cases on Saturday, with 19,942 deaths since the start of the pandemic.