Foreigners Deported and Banned from Re-entry for up to 10 Years
Foreigners in China who flout the country’s coronavirus quarantine rules risk losing their visas, being deported and banned from re-entry for up to 10 years, Beijing said on Friday as it seeks to curb a rise in imported infections.
The warning, from the National Immigration Administration, came as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases involving overseas travellers, who account for the bulk of the new infections, has surged over the past week.
Just as Chinese citizens face being fined or detained for refusing temperature checks or flouting isolation rules, so quarantine evaders from other countries will be held accountable under Chinese law, the agency said in a statement on its website.
Alongside a list of relevant laws and regulations, it said public securities authorities would decide on how foreign violators should be punished, with the penalties ranging from cancelling a visa, to issuing an order to exit China within a time limit, repatriation or deportation.
People who are effectively expelled from China are not allowed to re-enter the country for between 12 months and 10 years.
“The virus knows no national borders. Everyone around the world must take responsibility in fighting the epidemic,” the notice said.