China is going to be locked even further because of the fight against the coronavirus. Foreigners who have a visa or a residence permit will also no longer enter the country from Saturday.
“This suspension is a temporary measure that China should take because of the outbreak,” reports the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Aircraft diplomats and crew members are not banned.
China is trying to prevent travellers from taking the virus with such measures. All people diagnosed with the virus in the past two days had been abroad, according to authorities.
The Chinese aviation authority CAAC announced earlier on Thursday that airlines have been asked to limit the number of flights to and from China. That measure should take effect on March 29.