Travel to China is rarely subject to exit controls. You still have to have a visa to travel to China. Chinese Visa Application Centers has opened recently across most cities in China.
On 4 November the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement regarding the recent developments in China and Britain. On the same day the Chinese Ambassador to the UK warned that the two countries will impose trade sanctions on each other if there is a case of significant political or trade disputes. The ambassador called on both sides to settle their disputes through dialogue. In the past, the two countries have not been able to discuss trade matters. However, the current dialogue is designed to improve the situation between the two countries.
A few days later the Chinese ambassador met with his British counterpart John Linford. At the meeting the two sides expressed hope for improved relations. The meeting is the first face-to-face interaction that Linford has had with a Chinese official since taking up the post of British High Commissioner in China. The two countries plan to hold another high-level meeting between the top leadership of both countries later this year. The Chinese government expects the visit of the British High Commissioner to be warmly welcomed by the Chinese community there.
The British foreign office made it clear that they do not view the visit of the Chinese official as a progress in bilateral relations. The Chinese authorities informed the ambassador that they would closely observe any changes in visa policies between China and the UK. They also confirmed that they will be examining a proposed bill, currently under discussion in the UK, which could see dual citizenship treatments come into force in China. The Chinese authorities have notified their British counterparts that they expect them to apply for a work permit (the ILR) for the family of a British citizen who has been born in China and who becomes a British citizen by virtue of that citizenship.
For individuals working in Britain who intend to change residence to China and who have not already obtained a British passport, it may be difficult to leave the country without one. In such cases, they will be required to apply for and receive a visa prior to departing. If they are unable to leave the country without a passport, they will be required to leave the country using an exit visa, rather than a normal visa.
There are two main methods of getting an exit visa once you have arrived in China: via the British passport or via the Chinese visa. Those intending to travel to China on business purposes should consider applying for a British passport. However, those intending to visit the country for pleasure may choose to use the Chinese visa. The embassy in London informs British citizens of the procedure for obtaining a visa for the traveling abroad. The details can be found online.
When traveling to China, it is important to be aware of the various visa restrictions. These restrictions vary according to the level of risk associated with your travel. Chinese tourists who wish to bring their family members can apply for family-based green card status. This permits the family members to reside in China legally. Traveling outside of the permitted zones and/or involving any financial transactions with citizens of China that are not authorized by the authorities can result in serious problems for all travelers originating from UK.
When traveling to China, there are also several measures tourists can take to minimize the risk of becoming a victim of illicit activities. They should keep their hands and feet covered at all times. They should immediately report any incidence of theft or any other suspicious activities to the local police. They should carry the necessary documentation and they should visit the nearest embassy or consulate once a year to renew their visa. If a foreigner has an expired residence permit, they should make sure they have secured Chinese residency before traveling to China again. If they have overstayed their original visa, they should visit the relevant consular office to apply for a new one.