Effective January of 2021, travel to China will be restricted to government officials and their spouses. A new regulation issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “non-ministerial visitors,” includes individuals traveling on official business to China or with special government guest invitations. In addition, it includes all government officials in China who are not from the diplomatic community. These individuals will be required to obtain visas for their stay in China. The revised entry ban affects all tourists, including both Chinese citizens and non-Chinese nationals.
This new policy concerning travel to China has been effective since July, when the first set of visas were released. As a result of the July decision, all foreign nationals who wish to visit China will need to obtain a visa prior to departing for that visit. The new visa requirements will also affect those who are traveling on business to China. Both are now required to have a valid passport in order to travel to China. In addition to that requirement, the new visa rules do not allow dual citizenship (i.e. citizenship of a different country) for foreign nationals who want to visit China.
There are a number of other related limitations which have also been implemented. For example, it is now prohibited to use any of the services of a direct sales company or agent in China. The ban came as a result of China’s own efforts to curb the activities of such companies, which are said to be involved in foreign direct investment (FDI). Many countries in Europe, United States and Japan have imposed similar restrictions on businesses wishing to conduct business in China.
The Chinese Government has also implemented a new exit ban as well. The exit ban bars anyone without a Chinese visa from leaving China for a specified number of days. China has effectively put a ban on all travel to and from the Philippines, Pakistan, Nepal and Iraq. This exit ban was imposed by China on July 29th, without consultation with the Philippine government or the United Nations (UN) and was imposed after terrorist attacks in Pakistan claimed that Chinese citizens had used the Pakistani soil to carry out terrorist activities. This exit ban has been repeatedly expanded by the Chinese Government since its implementation.
At present there are only a few state-owned flights operating to and from the Philippines. In July, China notified the Philippine government that it would impose travel restrictions on Filipino tourism, in view of the continuing incidents in northeast China. The recent announcement has caused further stress among the Philippine population, already strained by an increasing number of Chinese tourists. This is the case even though the number of state-owned flights to China is very low.
This is one of the reasons that China has chosen to impose some restrictive measures in dealing with the international tourist influx. Another reason is that they want their citizens to enjoy the same rights as other foreigners who are enjoying the right to enter and exit the country. In the past, Chinese citizens could travel to the country freely, without the need of any permit. However, these days the Chinese government is making it more difficult for foreign tourists to enter the country. Some of the reasons why Chinese authorities are imposing travel restrictions include:
One of these reasons includes a flight ban on all passengers travelling from and to mainland China within fourteen days. Another includes a ban on all imports of all goods coming from and into mainland China within fourteen days. There will be an inspection of all goods entering the country before they can leave, including the use of mobile phones, radio and television equipment and all sorts of electronic items. Tourists will also be prohibited from travelling to certain areas within the mainland.
For Chinese nationals that do not have resident status in the country, an exit visa is required before leaving the country. Foreign tourists will not be issued visas prior to departure unless they can provide evidence of a job offer from a Chinese firm. A British passport is normally required when travelling outside of the European Union. Therefore, if you plan to visit China, it is imperative that you apply for your visa before traveling there. You will be able to apply for these visas online at the Chinese embassy in Britain or at the Foreign & commonwealth office in Hong Kong.