Federal government has summoned the Chargé D’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Zhao Yong, to provide clarification on how the new Chinese visa restrictions would affect Nigerians.

The envoy told the federal government that the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria would no longer issue Certified Health Declaration Forms.

Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, who made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja, said “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform Nigerians that following the decision of the government of China to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, invited the Chargé D’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Zhao Yong to provide clarification on how the new Chinese visa restrictions affect Nigerians.”

He, however, explained that the Chinese Embassy subsequently provided the following information: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding valid visas or residence permits effective from November 3.

“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 visa at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate. Entry by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria with visas issued after November 3 will not be affected.

“The suspension is a temporary response necessitated by the current situation of COVID-19. The above-mentioned measures will be assessed in accordance with the evolving situation and any adjustment will be notified accordingly.”

Nwonye said the ministry would continue to engage the Chinese government on the issue and will keep Nigerians informed.