Beijing suspends issuing visas for South Korean and Japanese nationals in an apparent retaliation to COVID-19 restrictions imposed on Chinese travellers.

China has suspended issuing short-term visas for South Korean and Japanese nationals, its embassies in Seoul and Tokyo said on Tuesday,

in an apparent retaliation against COVID-19 restrictions imposed on Chinese travellers in the wake of a spike in coronavirus cases in the country.

Seoul and Tokyo joined more than a dozen countries that have imposed new travel curbs on arrivals from China over concerns

about rising infections after Beijing changed its stringent “Zero COVID” policy last month following widespread protests.

“Chinese embassies and consulates in Korea will suspend the issuance of short-term visas for Korean citizens,” Beijing’s embassy in Seoul said

adding that the measures would be “adjusted again in line with South Korea’s removal of the discriminatory entry restrictions on China”.