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China is not taking other destinations enacting new travel restrictions on its citizens lying down, eager to punish those nations doing so. But denying visas to travelers from lucrative markets is the last thing its tourism industry, far from recovered from the pandemic, needs.

China has told travel agencies in Japan that it has stopped issuing new visas for travel, three companies confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday, an apparent response to stricter measures for Chinese arrivals after their country freed up travel.

Chinese authorities gave notice that they had stopped issuing all tourist and business visas to Japanese nationals, said an official of a Tokyo-based agency that focuses on Chinese travel, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A spokesperson of China’s embassy in Tokyo said it had no new information on visa policy, however, adding that any such updates would be posted on the embassy website.

The move came soon after Japan toughened Covid-19 rules for travellers coming directly from China, prescribing a negative result of a PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure, as well as a negative test on arrival in Japan.

Earlier on Tuesday, China’s embassy in Seoul said it had stopped issuing short-term visas for visitors from South Korea.

(Reporting by Kantaro Komiya, Maki Shiraki, and Rocky Swift; Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by clarence Fernandez)

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Photo credit: Travelers from Japan may not be among the large crowds at temples like this after China stopped issuing visas to Japanese nationals. PxHere

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