Effective January 2021 the entry ban for China was enforced and travelers coming into China had to either leave the country or apply for a one-time visa. The move by China to tighten its borders came in response to reports of abuses committed by Chinese-American citizens working in the US. Many of these individuals settled in the United States and did not want to be pulled out of the country due to their citizenship, which would then allow them to travel to China.
The implementation of the entry ban on travel to China came on the heels of reports from human rights organizations, citing that over 80 percent of those detained in China’s stockades were detained without a valid visa. While no hard numbers are available as of now, it is believed that the number is significantly higher than the percentage of travelers who have a visa. The reason for the high number of visa rejections is due to the fact that China does not operate under the Schengen Agreement and visa checks can be very subjective as compared to other countries. Those travelers with a Schengen visa will most likely have their visa approved as opposed to those who do not.
In addition to the visa restrictions coming into force on traveling to China, Chinese citizens who are traveling abroad will not be allowed to leave the country without proper documentation. There will be strict limits on how long tourists can be detained without any valid explanation for doing so. For instance, it is not uncommon for Chinese national to be held in custody for several days without any valid explanation. This will lead to travelers originating from China traveling back to China, only to be denied entry again following the expiry of their visa restrictions.
Some citizens coming from China who were caught trying to reach Australia will also be refused entry. As China’s neighbors are Western countries, China considers itself a part of the international community and is not interested in offending anyone. The restrictions on traveling to China will force travelers back to their home country and put at risk their lives and livelihoods.
The number of foreign nationals traveling to China is increasing day by day. Some of these visitors are students intending to study in China, while many others are businessmen looking for the Chinese market. All of these travelers will have to comply with China’s foreign trade requirements. Without proper permits or licenses, businessmen and tourists from other countries will not be able to travel to China.
Many Chinese citizens traveling abroad have complained about the increasingly stringent immigration rules in China. Visas requirements and controls are now an important part of the yearly process of obtaining a Chinese visa. In some cases, the validity of one’s visa may be severely limited if foreign nationals fail to submit all necessary documents. In other cases, the inability of foreigners to present the correct visa could result in immediate deportation.
A variety of exit visa categories exist for Chinese citizens. These categories include tourists, businessmen, family, employees of the Chinese embassy, visiting friends, those on leave of work, or those working on a business trip to China. At present, there are some minor revisions to the original visa requirements for all these categories of Chinese travelers. For instance, tourists who leave China by landing in another country will need to leave their exit visa at the airport of the first country they pass through. Previously, however, tourists had to leave their visa at the local embassy once they arrived in China. Now, most local airports now have a pre-arranged arrangement with the Chinese embassy that new tourists can have their visa expedited upon arrival.
For citizens of certain countries who are traveling to China for the first time, the difficulties encountered during the initial stages of their trip will definitely be a tough thing to bear. However, the advantages of working with the Chinese authorities make it possible to avoid many of the difficulties inherent in traveling to China. Chinese officials and passport officers will always help you obtain the correct document, even if you are a foreigner. In addition, the fact that China has an active diplomatic and cultural infrastructure in every city means that it is easier than ever to get an exit or entry visa from the Chinese authorities.