- The Federal government summoned China's envoy to explain travel restrictions placed on Nigerians
- Geoffrey Onyeama met with the head official at the Chinese embassy to demand an explanation from the Asian country for its action
- The foreign affairs ministry relayed the clarifications of the Chinese embassy to Nigerians on Saturday
The federal government of Nigeria has explained why its citizens cannot visit China for some period of time.
The ministry of foreign affairs, on Saturday, November 14, released a press statement affirming earlier reports that China has placed restrictions on travellers from Nigeria.
The ministry said it had received an adequate explanation from the Chinese envoy to Nigeria, Zhao Yong in a meeting with foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.
After the meeting, FG issued the following clarification:
"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."
The ministry, however, noted that the restrictions are not total.
According to the statement which was signed by the ministry's spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwoye, some Nigerians can still travel to China.
This category of Nigerians, Nwonye said, are diplomats or people with emergency needs.
The statement added:
"Entry by holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas (issued for foreign crew members) will not be affected.
"Foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
"Entry by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria with visas issued after November 3rd, 2020 will not be affected."
The ministry assured that it is only a temporary matter.
The Asian country noted that its recent immigration decision will not affect persons who have diplomatic passports, service, courtesy or C visas.
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