New Chinese Visa Procedures – Extended Stay and Travel to China

The new Travel to China policy introduced in January by the Chinese government effectively prohibits all citizens of China from entering the country without valid Chinese visas. This includes all foreigners who have applied for either a Chinese visa or a foreign passport and are intending to reside in China. However, there are certain exceptions that will be tolerated for a limited period of time, as well as an extension of the current visa-on-arrival policy. The new policy establishes a comprehensive set of criteria for evaluating the application for a Chinese visa, and the procedures are very detailed. The procedure consists of three main steps: submitting the relevant documents; checking the documents for confirmation; and waiting for confirmation. Of these three steps, the first two are self-explanatory.

If a traveler is unable to present his or her valid passport or visa to the Chinese authorities at the point of entry, he or she will be detained for up to three months without access to a permanent visa. If a traveler is able to present his or her documents at the point of entry but cannot find a Chinese consulate to accept their documents for processing, they will be detained for up to six months. If a traveler does not have a foreign currency or does not have the money needed to pay the fee for a foreign currency, he or she will be detained for 90 days. Those with an expired travel visa will be required to stay in China for the period stipulated on the expired visa, or face suspension of their visa. There is an exception to this third step in the case of U.S. citizens who have acquired non-immigrant status in China. For these individuals, officials at the U.S. embassy in Beijing will be able to process their visa requests.

The Chinese government’s tightening of travel visa restrictions come on the heels of what has been a difficult period for American travelers. Since 2021, the United States has been one of the most targeted countries when it comes to the global terror attacks. In addition, in January 2021, there was an attack on the transport system at Los Angeles International Airport that resulted in over two dozen deaths. In July 2021, there was an attack by terrorists at a mall in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that resulted in more than a dozen deaths and injuries.

As a result, Chinese nationals must now obtain H3 visas, according to the revised Chinese Z visa law. The new law specifies that all Chinese nationals applying for travel to any country must have a valid visa upon arrival. This requirement takes effect on January 1st, effective January 1st for citizens of Hong Kong and Taiwan. The law also specifies that all citizens of Hong Kong and Taiwan will no longer be required to have an equivalent work permit as well as an exit visa if they are traveling outside of their respective countries. On July 12th, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs published revised Chinese Z visa regulations, which are effective on all citizens traveling to China.

The regulations require all travelers visiting China to have the appropriate documents in advance, such as passport-based visa books or I Tibet Travel Insurance. It is also important to submit a detailed visa application, and present one’s passport when applying for an overseas travel document. Travelers may also need to present their latest photos of themselves if they have updated their photo albums. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the revised Chinese Z visa regulation will be enforced once all the requirements have been met. However, it is advisable for foreign travelers to consult with their local consulates before traveling to China, to ensure that they comply with all visa requirements.

One of the main reasons why China introduced these new regulations was to prevent travelers from traveling to certain areas in the country where Chinese nationals are prohibited from entering. These include the Muslim-Chinese minority areas of Yunnan and Inner Mongolia, and Taiwan, which are ruled by China. The current restrictive legislation also prohibits citizens of India, South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines from traveling to China, unless they can present their respective valid passports. The current restrictions also target Uighurs in China, who are native members of Turkey but are considered illegal aliens in China.

On the other hand, some Chinese officials claim that the new Chinese entry ban has nothing to do with nationality and is only implemented to protect China’s interests in its southern neighbor, Vietnam. As a result, officials in Vietnam have imposed their own travel ban on citizens traveling to China. Another case in point involves the disputed island of Hainan. When the Vietnamese communist government announced that it would support Hainan’s reunification with the Chinese, several Chinese vessels entered the area, causing what is now known as the Great Wall to grow in height. Since the ban was not implemented during the aforementioned time frame, no one is allowed to visit Hainan under the new travel restrictions.

For citizens of Taiwan, Canada, Australia, and many countries outside of China, the new entry ban does not apply. However, these citizens are still advised to seek higher authorities’ permission before traveling to China to visit relatives or friends, visit China to study or work, or transit through China. The same applies for those citizens traveling on business visas who are from one of the six countries that were temporarily blocked from entering China due to the travel bans. As long as you can demonstrate that your trip is not scheduled by an authorized entity of China (such as the UN, US, or Canada) and that you are traveling to a country that is not part of China, you should be free to travel to China regardless of whether you are issued visas-on-arrival or not.