The outbreak of the Wuhan virus means Chinese tourists will not go home. Several Chinese worried about being infected have contacted the Foreign Ministry to postpone their trip home, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs vis-à-vis VG.
“The outbreak of the coronavirus does not automatically mean that Chinese who are staying in Norway with different visas can renew these,” said Deputy Director Karl Erik Sjøholt in the Immigration Department of the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) to the newspaper.
He pointed out that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs now only recommends not travelling back to Hubei Province and not the rest of China.
By Wednesday night, nearly 6,000 people were registered as being infected while 132 people were confirmed dead as a result of the Wuhan virus. The outbreak started in a market in the Chinese city.
In China, over 50 million people in Hubei Province now have limited freedom of movement to prevent the virus from spreading. This is causing the fear in Chinese tourists in Norway.
“We are afraid of infection. Our friends say we shouldn’t go home. And if we travel, we won’t get to where we live either. We have to stay in Shanghai where we have nowhere to stay. It will be expensive, ” said Wenlong Zhang to the Aftenposten.
He visited his daughter in Oslo, but the visa expires on February 6. His daughter has bought return tickets for them on February 4 but they hope to stay a little longer.
A lawyer has contacted the Justice Department on behalf of the family and urged the family to apply for an extension. The UDI pointed out that Chinese travellers in Norway are themselves responsible for returning to China within the visa deadline.
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