The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to make more clarifications on the decision of the Government of China to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals.
In a press release signed by the spokesperson of the ministry Fredinand Nwonye on Saturday 14th, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama invited the Chargé D’Affaires of
the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Zhao Yong to provide clarification on how the new Chinese visa
restrictions affect Nigerians.
However, the Chinese Embassy subsequently provided the following information:
• Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China
by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding valid visas or residence permits, effective from
November 3rd, 2020.
The Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria will no longer issue
Certified Health Declaration Form for the above-mentioned.
• Entry by holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy of C visas (issued for foreign crew members)
will not be affected. Foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for a visa
at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate. Entry by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria with visas
issued after November 3rd, 2020 will not be affected.
• The suspension is a temporary response necessitated by the current situation of COVID-19.
The above-mentioned measures will be assessed by the evolving situation and any adjustment will be notified accordingly.
The further states that, the Ministry will continue to engage the Chinese Government on the issue and keep Nigerians informed.