16 March 2021, Kathmandu
China has said it will allow visas only to those Nepali applicants who have received COVID-19 vaccine manufactured in China.
Issuing a press note here Tuesday, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu stated that the Nepalis visiting China have to submit a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination manufactured in China while applying for visas.
“In order to resume personnel exchanges between China and foreign countries in an orderly manner, the Chinese Embassy in Nepal will provide facilitation to visa applicants who have been fully vaccinated China-made COVID-19 vaccines with vaccination certificates,” the press statement said.
The China government has pledged 800,000 dozes of Sinopharm vaccines to Nepal in donation, but they have not arrived in Nepal yet.
Even though the Nepal government has given permission to the China-manufactured COVID-19 vaccine, it is uncertain when it will arrive.
Passengers flying to China are still required to provide negative certificates of nucleic acid tests and IgM antibody tests before boarding.