China Suspends Short-Term Visas for South Koreans over Covid Travel Curbs

China announced on Tuesday it will stop issuing short-term visas to South Korean visitors entering the country for visits, tourism, business, medical treatment etc. This is the first time China has taken action in response to countries restricting Chinese tourists because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

According to the Chinese embassy in South Korea’s official WeChat account, the policy would be adjusted subject to the easing of South Korea’s “discriminatory entry restrictions” against China.

The announcement comes a day after Foreign Minister Qin Gang raised concerns about the restrictions in a phone call with his South Korean colleague Park Jin, said China’s foreign ministry.