China (People’s Republic) just announced one of the world’s most restrictive travel bans. As of midnight on Friday March 27, foreign residents of China and all foreign visitors holding visas (valid as of the time of the announcement on March 26) will be prohibited from entering the country. Entry has also been suspended for APEC Business Travel Card holders; similarly, visa-free policies at designated ports have also been suspended. These measures are intended to prevent rebound outbreaks of COVID-19 as cases begin to fall in China. Most domestic travel has already been shut down in China. In contrast to the US travel ban, there are no exemptions for immediate family members of Chinese citizens. Limited exemptions, such as for diplomats, apply. Please view Mayer Brown’s COVID-19 Global Travel Navigator for up-to-date travel restrictions.
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