(ECNS) -- The distorted report by some media that China has stopped issuing passports and cut off a corner of the "green card" to prevent holders from leaving the country is an attempt to discredit its policy on exit and entry, said a spokesperson for China's National Immigration Administration.
While making efforts in pandemic prevention and control, we are constantly optimizing entry-exit management measures, said the spokesperson.
For those who have urgent needs, like seeking medical treatment or going abroad for work or study, we have approved their passport applications in time, minimizing the impact on normal life and study, and necessary personnel exchanges, it was added.
Customs clearance has been facilitated for people and vehicles involved in pandemic prevention and control, and delivery of disaster relief supplies and fresh agricultural products has been ensured, he stressed.
At present, there is still a high risk of infection of COVID-19, so people living in China should continue to refrain from leaving the country unless it is necessary or urgent, it was noted.