Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Clarifies Information on Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on June 16, 2020


Zhao Lijian: I have some clarifications to make regarding yesterday's press conference. First, it was brought to our attention yesterday by an AFP journalist about what seemed to be a foreign ministry notice saying foreigners with valid visas and residence permits won't be able to enter China starting from June 15. After verification, we found that this is just a rumor spreading online. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not issue such a notice recently. The screenshot on social media was made by someone who deliberately altered and edited a previous notice. Once again we would like to remind friends of the press to verify information online to avoid reporting on false information.
As we speak, the COVID-19 situation overseas remains grave and so there can be no letup in our efforts to guard against case import. Based on my information, Beijing's effective prevention and control mechanism concerning international arrivals currently in place will remain unchanged to forestall risks of imported cases.
For international travelers entering Beijing directly, far-end screening including nucleic acid testing and post-entry nucleic acid testing will be conducted. In principle, all international travelers need to undergo a 14-day period of medical observation. For those arriving via a first point of entry, they may enter Beijing after receiving 14-day medical observation and passing nucleic acid testing at the first point of entry.
Appendix: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China National Immigration Administration Announcement on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits (March 26, 2020)