Australia – More than 25 countries impose entry bans in response to COVID-XNUMX – Chinatown Australia

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More than 25 countries, including Australia, the United States, and New Zealand, prohibit entry of travelers who have been to China within 14 days; Canada and the United Kingdom have not yet implemented it.

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At present, nearly XNUMX countries around the world have adopted special entry management measures in response to the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China.

The temporary restrictions in Australia and the United States strictly prohibit all non-citizens (permanent residents) and a small number of others who have been to China in the past 14 days from entering.

Information from the National Immigration Administration of China shows that more than 25 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Singapore, prohibit entry of travelers who have been to China within 14 days.

Customs of various countries have adopted different methods to prevent and control the epidemic in China, including suspension of visa issuance, suspension of visa exemption, suspension of direct flights, and 14-day quarantine for entry.

On February 2, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its protest against extreme practices such as cutting off air routes by various countries, believing that these measures “do not help prevent and control the epidemic, but artificially create panic”.

Other popular destinations for Chinese travelers, including Canada and the United Kingdom, have not yet implemented strict bans for tourists departing from or transiting through China.

In Australia, the government temporarily promulgated the immigration management policy on February 2, which affected more than 1 Chinese students from entering the school temporarily.

《澳大利亚人报》报道,卫生部长格雷戈·(Greg Hunt)2月4日表示旅行禁令不会被突然叫停。

"We expect it to continue. We will not set a time limit for it."

Restriction orders in the United States and New Zealand

Almost at the same time as Australia's tightening of immigration control measures, US President Trump also announced the implementation of entry restrictions to prevent the outbreak of the new coronavirus from February 2.

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Zhong Kegong said: "The measures taken by the Australian government this time are very rapid. From the perspective of epidemic prevention, this is definitely correct."

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Zhong Kegong said: "The measures taken by the Australian government this time are very rapid. From the perspective of epidemic prevention, this is definitely correct."
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Under the US restriction order, except for a few people such as US citizens and permanent residents, most travelers from China cannot enter the US.

Major US airlines such as United Airlines and Delta Airlines have cancelled routes to and from China.Some American media professionals are questioning the necessity and rationality of China's travel ban.

Rosie Spinks wrote an opinion article in The New York Times, "Who Says Traveling to China is Unsafe?" "It said: "The world closes its doors to tourists from China and at the same time closes China's doors to the world. It may be justified as a rational public health response."

"However, the World Health Organization has made it clear that it does not recommend restrictions on trade and travel. It believes that this is still unnecessary after the new coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global public health emergency. The World Health Organization’s recommendation is that China is domestically and internationally The departure point of the flight should be screened."

Australia's other ally, New Zealand, also announced similar measures two days after Australia announced strict immigration control measures.The difference is that New Zealand exempts passengers who were already on their way to New Zealand when one of the bans was issued, but also stated that these passengers will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

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However, so far, countries such as the United Kingdom and Canada have not introduced stricter immigration control measures against China.

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Both Air Canada and British Airways have suspended flights to China, but so far, Canada has not issued a policy to prohibit foreign passengers arriving through China from entering, because it is contrary to the US restriction order, which has even been praised by the Chinese government.

Canadian TV quoted Health Minister Patty Hajdu in its report this Monday that "the evidence supporting retreat is the right way" is still insufficient.

At present, Britain and France have also warned their citizens not to travel to China unless necessary, but they have not yet introduced stricter immigration control measures.

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