China Suspends Short-Term Visas For Japan And South Korea

Follows announcement that Beijing would retaliate against countries with ‘discriminatory’ Covid testing requirements
A passenger (C) receives a hug while leaving the arrival area of international flights at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, in Shanghai on January 8, 2023. - China lifted quarantine requirements for inbound travellers on January 8, ending almost three years of self-imposed isolation even as the country battles a surge in Covid cases. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • 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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