All visa-free transit policies will also be temporarily suspended.
China has announced a travel ban on all foreign nationals, including those holding a work visa or residence permit.
Stricter measures will also be taken to curb the spread of the virus on flights arriving or leaving the country and ensure that passenger load factor is lower than 75 per cent, the CAAC said, adding that it might further slash global flights if necessary. "The Chinese side will adjust the above measures according to the epidemic situation through separate announcements".More news: After 'Screw Amazon' Order, Microsoft Wins $10B Contract
The move is the latest in a string of tough steps by the Chinese government to combat the virus, which first appeared in the city of Wuhan late past year and has spread widely since. That compares with 23,076 cases in China and 197 elsewhere in the first week of February.
While China announced on Wednesday that there were no new locally transmitted cases of coronavirus on its mainland for the sixth time in eight days, imported cases still rose. Of all the Chinese nationals who are now flocking home, 40 per cent are students studying overseas who are coming back as the virus spreads rapidly in other parts of the world. The capital, Beijing, had already adopted a similar measure.
In another move aimed at curbing cases of the virus being imported into the country, the civil aviation authority said foreign airlines will be allowed to operate just one route per week from Sunday.More news: Mayor considers closing parks if New Yorkers do not practice social distancing
Airlines will be allowed to use their spare capacity to carry cargo in and out of China, the regulator said.
In addition to sharply reducing the number of worldwide flights, Beijing is also requiring that airlines strictly implement protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and take stringent prevention and control measures on flights to and from China. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A.
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