China has stopped issuing short-term visas to individuals from South Korea and Japan in retaliation for Covid restrictions on Chinese travelers.
Reports say, it is a tit-for-tat move which Beijing says will remain in place until discriminatory entry restrictions against China are lifted.
Reacting to China’s latest move, South Korea’s foreign Ministry said its policy towards arrivals from China was in accordance with scientific and objective evidence.
Last week, South Korea stopped issuing tourist visas for those coming from China, which the Chinese foreign Ministry called unacceptable and unscientific.
Meanwhile, Japan is currently allowing Chinese visitors into the country provided they test negative for covid.