Hundreds of people wait in line for hours at a COVID-19 assessment centre at Women's College Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic in Toronto, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
BEIJING, Sept 24: Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat of the new coronavirus continues to recede.
The decision lifts a months-long blanket suspension covering most foreigners apart from diplomats and those in special circumstances.
Beginning Monday, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese visas and residence permits for work, personal matters and family reunions will be permitted to enter China. Returnees will be required to undergo two weeks of quarantine and follow other pandemic measures.
Officials announced seven new coronavirus cases Thursday, all of them imported, marking 39 days since China has reported a case of domestic transmission.