China suspends short-term visas for South Koreans due to Covid Travel Curbs

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Last week, South Korean police tracked down a Chinese man who had gone missing awaiting quarantine.

Seoul:

The Chinese embassy in South Korea has suspended the issuance of short-term visas for South Korean visitors, it said Tuesday, the first retaliatory action against countries imposing COVID-19 restrictions on travelers from China.

The embassy will adjust its policy depending on the lifting of South Korea’s “discriminatory entry restrictions” against China, it said on its official WeChat account.

The announcement comes a day after Foreign Minister Qin Gang expressed concern about the restrictions in a telephone conversation with his South Korean counterpart Park Jin, China’s foreign ministry said.

Last week, South Korean police tracked down a Chinese man who went missing awaiting quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 on arrival.

The incident raised concerns about the spread of the virus from China after Beijing abruptly abandoned its hardline “zero COVID” policy and opened its borders despite widespread domestic infections.

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