Chinese Immigration Laws – How Changing Immigration Rules Affects Travel to China

The entrance ban on Chinese travel has put many Chinese off visiting either for business or pleasure over the January holidays. Although there have been no reports of tourist flights being cancelled just yet, it’s easy to understand why people are looking for other options. January is traditionally the coldest month in China and that means fewer Chinese tourists are booking flights. As well as that there are official travel bans across most of China over the holidays period including the four main Beijing airports, which are both inbound and outbound from the country.

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There’s also been a significant move to tighten the Chinese language restriction area around the four major Beijing airport gates. This comes as a result of the new exit ban implemented by the Chinese government. The new measures introduced mean that any citizen who wishes to leave China for any reason without the proper authorisation will be prevented from doing so through these particular airports. This comes as a direct result of the recent Republic Party Congress, which reassessed the role and powers of the national leadership.

The new law stipulates that any foreign national wishing to enter China must have the correct valid passport. It also stipulates that they must apply for exit from China via a recognised crossing and exit point other than that through the Republic of China. If these requirements are not fulfilled, the foreigner is deemed to have entered the country illegally and can be held in detention until the case has been heard by the Chinese State Security Council. Individuals caught illegally entering the country can face up to 10 years of punishment. For those travelling to China for business reasons, this could lead to serious issues arising such as visa cancellation or blockage.

In practice, this has meant that there are now more foreigners waiting in queues at these checkpoints than usual. This is because of the increased interest from western citizens to try and holiday in China via any of the westernised Chinese cities such as Hong Kong or Macau. Most of the current tensions in the region are centred on the territorial issue between China and Taiwan. Although China claims ownership of Taiwan, the government in Tai Chi Chuan has made repeated requests to the mainland for diplomatic recognition of its possession of Taiwan. This has prompted the formation of what is known as the “army of peace” which is comprised of Taiwanese that are in the service of Taiwan’s government, and Chinese citizens that want to visit China but do not want to draw conflict with the Taiwanese government.

Both of these groups of travelers are considered to be trespassers. Traveling to China via any of the state-owned flights has been affected by the restrictions that have been placed on the movement of individuals and companies. These include only nationals of the PRC are permitted to travel between China and Taiwan. Any citizens of Taiwan traveling to China for work or even to other parts of China are also not permitted to travel without the necessary permits. All travel to China has now become very controlled and tightly monitored.

Traveling to China does have some advantages though, as you can take in the beautiful scenery, experience Chinese hospitality, and make friendships with Chinese people. However, there is a downside to traveling to China as well: you must be Chinese. It is very difficult to find a non-Chinese person that travels regularly to China and actually doesn’t speak Chinese. In order to avoid having to deal with the hassle of dealing with Chinese border officials that need to see national credentials, you should consider traveling to China via a Taiwan-bound flight that is operated by a company that specializes in Chinese-speaking flights.

The Chinese State Security Council has announced that the new travel rules that are now in effect will be enforced from March 4th to April 3rd. On the same day that these new rules were implemented, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed all Chinese nationals that they will now be required to obtain their original documents in Chinese before attempting to enter the country. Because this includes foreigners that have green cards and who have entered and left the country numerous times, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly warns that foreign individuals considering traveling to China should obtain their original documents in Chinese prior to departure. If they fail to do so, they will risk the possibility of being issued with an exit visa, which is currently not available in China.

Although the revised Chinese laws are effective March 4th, it is recommended that you do not plan to travel to China until you have obtained your original documents in Chinese. It is also important to note that the laws are not written in stone, and can be changed or amended at any time in the future. If you are unsure whether your passport will be accepted upon arrival in China or whether your original visa is valid, it is advisable to check with a travel company or an embassy in your home country to determine what paperwork you will need in advance of your travel to China.