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What a Viral Twist: China To Close Their Borders to Foreign Nationals

Written by Charlie

After many countries were closed to people coming from China just months ago, China is now closing their borders to foreign nationals as people try to escape the virus.

It was just a couple of months ago that the coronavirus was raging through China and countries around the world closed their borders to people coming from China. How times have changed as China has now turned the tables and closed their borders to foreign nationals.

China to Close to Foreign Nationals

Just about two months ago, the US put China at a Level 4 which meant “Do Not Travel” and many countries were not allowing people from China to enter their countries for fear of the virus spreading.

Now, with the US overtaking China in number of cases and Italy close to overtaking China in overall deaths, many people are trying to get to China as a way to get away from the virus. Because of that, China is now instituting new rules, including a closing fo their borders to foreigner nationals starting March 28, Saturday.

Furthermore, China is restricting passenger air traffic to mainland China by issuing the following directive:

  • each Chinese airline is only allowed to maintain one route to any specific country with no more than one flight per week
  • each foreign airline is only allowed to maintain one route to China with no more than one weekly flight

The action to temporarily close the borders to foreign nationals includes the following groups:

  • port visas
  • 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy
  • Hainan 30-day visa-free policy
  • 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port
  • Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR
  • Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries

Those with diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visas will still be allowed to enter.

People should be observing their governments’ orders in regards to stay in place, lockdowns, and other means to restrict the transmission of the virus. But, those who view China as a place to hole up until it is over will not be able to get in now. Especially since recent cases in China popped up from people

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.