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China bans entry of most foreigners due to coronavirus

Temporary measure taken as risk of imported cases looms

Passengers arrive at Beijing Capital Airport: Foreigners with valid Chinese visas and residence permits will not be permitted entry into the country.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) -- China will temporarily suspend the entry of foreigners with valid Chinese visas and residence permits starting on March 28, as an interim measure in response to the coronavirus epidemic, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Exemptions will be made to those travelling in a diplomatic or official capacity, as well as holders of "C" visas, the ministry said in a statement.

"C" visas are issued to foreigners involved in provision of international transportation services.

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