China Suspends Short-Term Visas For Japan And South Korea

Follows announcement that Beijing would retaliate against countries with ‘discriminatory’ Covid testing requirements

  • After Beijing announced that it would retaliate against countries that require a negative COVID test from travelers from China, the country halted issuing short-term visas in Japan and South Korea. 
  • The U.S., Japan, and South Korea are among the countries that require negative COVID-19 tests for travelers from China as the virus spreads among its 1.4 billion people.
  • China’s foreign ministry spokesperson called the measures for Chinese travelers “discriminatory,” though China imposes similar testing requirements for all arrivals.
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