China to consider lifting short-term visa ban on Koreans

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China to consider lifting short-term visa ban on Koreans

Chinese arriving to Korea getting escorted for PCR testing at Incheon International Airport on Friday. [YONHAP]

Chinese arriving to Korea getting escorted for PCR testing at Incheon International Airport on Friday. [YONHAP]

 
China said on Friday it will consider lifting its retaliatory suspension of short-term visas to Korean nationals.  
 
In a regular press briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said the Chinese government will positively consider reissuing short-term visas to Koreans.
 
“Korea has taken the appropriate step in lifting the visa restriction against China, removing an obstacle to exchanges of people between the two countries,” Ning said.  
 
The move came after the Korean government earlier in the day announced the lifting of its own visa suspension for arrivals from China in place since Jan. 2.  
 
Though the suspension was set to expire at the end of this month, the Korean government lifted it early citing a significant drop in the number of arrivals testing positive for Covid-19.

BY LEE HO-JEONG [lee.hojeong@joongang.co.kr]
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