China responds

China Stopped Issuing Visa to South Koreans

China on Tuesday (January 10, 2023) stopped issuing short-term visas to South Korean citizens.

The move is seen as retaliation for South Korea’s demand that travelers entering the country from China have negative COVID-19 tests.

“Chinese embassy and consulates in South Korea have suspended issuing short-term visas for South Korean citizens to China for visits, business, tourism, medical, transit and general personal matters from Tuesday until discriminatory entry restrictions against China are lifted,” the Chinese daily Global Times reported.

Beijing dumped its “zero-COVID” policy on Sunday, allowing full international travel.

However, the world’s largest populated nation has seen an uptick in daily virus cases.​​​​​​​

Later, another announcement came for visa issuance for Japan.

Source: AA

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