– China, on Wednesday, banned foreign travelers from Britain and Belgium from entering its territories due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in these two countries and tightened restrictions imposed on travelers from many other countries.
The Asian giant, which first appeared in the new Corona virus at the end of last year, succeeded in controlling the epidemic in a few months.
After China closed its borders almost completely at the end of March and drastically reduced international flights to and from them, it has cautiously reopened its doors in recent months.
However, the Chinese authorities decided, according to a statement published on the website of the Chinese embassy in London on Wednesday, to “temporarily suspend entry to non-Chinese people in the United Kingdom,” even if they possess entry visas or residence permits to China.
The statement stated that “this suspension is a temporary measure necessitated by the current situation of Covid-19.”
The website of the Chinese Embassy in Belgium published a similar statement.
Britain is one of the countries most affected by the emerging Corona virus, as the number of people infected with the epidemic in the United Kingdom has reached more than a million people, of whom nearly 48,000 have died.
And entered into force Thursday, a new year closures in England, which is facing a new epidemic wave.
In addition to Britain and Belgium, Chinese embassies in many countries, including France, the United States, Germany, Singapore and Canada have announced tightening restrictions imposed on those wishing to travel from these countries to China.
Under the new procedures, travelers from these countries, whether Chinese or foreigners, are required to conduct two laboratory examinations (serum and PCR polymerase chain reaction) during the two days prior to their travel and send the results of these two examinations to the Chinese embassy in the country from which they intend to travel for approval. In many countries, obtaining the results of these two laboratory analyzes within 48 hours is a problem.