China said that it has temporarily suspended entry into the country by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits.
The decision, it noted is connected to the insinuation that visitors to the country is importing coronavirus back into China.
The suspension will take effect from 28 March.
Policies such as visa-free transit entries will also be stopped.
People coming to China for “necessary” economic, trade, scientific or technical activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs have been told to apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates.
Entry for diplomats is not affected.
A statement from the foreign ministry said: “The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and practices of other countries.”
Earlier yesterday, China announced it was drastically cutting flights into and out of the country.