COVID-19: Chinese govt bars Nigerians from entering China

COVID-19: Chinese govt bars Nigerians from entering China

- Nigerians, for a time, will not be allowed to travel to China

- This was revealed by the Chinese embassy on Thursday, November 5

- The Asian nation explained that this is due to the situation of coronavirus pandemic globally

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Following the situation of coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese government has restricted Nigerians from entering its borders.

The Asian nation noted that its recent immigration decision will not affect persons who have diplomatic passports, service, courtesy or C visas, Daily Trust reports.

As a result of this, the government disclosed that it will no longer issue health declaration certificates for non-citizens.

However, it said that the restriction will be eased as the situation of the deadly virus becomes less tense.

COVID-19: Chinese govt bars Nigerians from entering China
Chinese embassy revealed that Nigerians have been barred from entering China due to COVID-19. (Photo: The Cable)
Source: UGC

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The statement of the Chinese embassy read:

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding visas or residence permits still valid at the time of this announcement.
“Foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
“The above-mentioned measures will be assessed in accordance with the evolving situation and any adjustment will be announced accordingly.”

Meanwhile, the Chinese embassy had described as shoddy and frivolous attempts by some Nigerians to sue China over the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

The embassy made this known in a statement on Wednesday, July 8, via its page on Twitter, saying the lawsuit instituted against the country "has zero bases in fact, law or international precedence."

Piqued by the coronavirus crisis, the claimants in a suit filed on Monday, July 6, before the Abuja Federal High Court claimed China is culpable in the spread of the pandemic.

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The Nigerian claimants, represented by eleven Senior Advocates of Nigeria ((SANs) led by Professor Epiphany Azinge (SAN), are suing the defendant, the Chinese governments, for negligence, nuisance, and breach of environmental and humanitarian rights.

The defendants are: Peoples’ Republic of China, Communist Party of China, Minister of Justice China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan Institute of Virology and Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Minister in charge of the National Health Commission, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China.

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