China has taken steps to restrict the entry of foreigners to avoid increasing the risk of imported cases of new coronavirus, but foreigners involved in necessary activities in China may reapply for visas from Chinese embassies and consulates in the abroad, a senior official of the National Immigration said administration.

in the current situation, it is responsible and necessary to reduce activities in and out unnecessary as much as possible, and restricting entry is a temporary measure that took into account other countries current moves, said Liu Haitao, director of the department of border inspection National Migration Administration.

from Sunday, China imported found 723 confirmed cases and 165 suspected cases. Imported cases accounted for the majority of new infections, according to the health authority.

The entrance suspended mainly includes foreigners with valid visas and residence permits cards APEC business trip, he said, adding that the port visa services have also been suspended.

Visa Services port to land include 24 hours, 72 hours and 144 hours visa-free transit, Hainan visa-free province, Shanghai cruise visa, visa waiver 144 hours to groups foreigners entering Guangdong province, southern China visa waiver Hong Kong and Macao, and groups of tourists from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to enter the southern Chinese Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

foreigners holding diplomatic, official and courtesy visas and C-visas issued primarily to transport personnel inbound and outbound, will not be affected by the restriction, Liu said.

foreigners who engage in necessary activities such as trade, science a nd technology, and combating the epidemic in China, as well as urgent humanitarian reasons, may reapply for visas of Chinese embassies and consulates abroad.

The administration will work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to determine entry visa policy in accordance with the development of the situation of the epidemic; any policy adjustment will be announced at the appropriate time, he added.

It is illegal to violate quarantine regulations and to enter or leave the country without permission, and violators will be held accountable, a senior official said on Monday.

Liu also said it is illegal to violate quarantine regulations and to enter or leave the country without authorization.

mainland citizens entering the country within 14 days will be prevented from leaving the country again for border inspection staff he said.

foreigners in China are still in quarantine period of 14 days, but are trying to break the isolation rule and leave the country without permission will be handed over to the competent authorities, in accordance with the law and will be prohibited from re-entering China within a certain period, he added.

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