Travel to China – A Matter of Safety and Security
On January 15, the Chinese government notified all citizens traveling to China that they need to obtain exit and entry visas prior to departing. This is one of the most effective ways of complying with China’s immigration requirements when traveling to China. If you are traveling to China and do not have a valid passport or do not have an approved Chinese Travel document, your travel to China will be refused. There are many reasons for your travel to China being refused entry including but not limited to: not having the right currency, over the limit of flight tickets, expired visa, leaving the country without proper authority, misrepresentation of facts on your work permit, and other serious criminal offenses. For your own safety, it is recommended that you apply for a Chinese Travel document and avoid being refused entry into China.
The Chinese government has implemented an exit-entry ban on all foreign nationals coming to China. This ban was implemented after President Xi Jingping took charge of the communist government in November last year. There has been no public announcement issued regarding this ban. There are still many foreigners who are planning to travel to China despite the implementation of these new rules.
In November last year, President Xi Jingping signed a decree which imposed an exit-entry ban on all foreigners coming to China. This resulted in the banning of South Korean travelers entering into China after January 27th. A few weeks later, a similar order was subsequently imposed on Chinese citizens travelling to South Korea. Many Chinese citizens travelling to south Korea have since been allowed entry into the country.
There have been no official confirmation whether there are in fact any restrictions on travel to China from member states imposing travel restrictions. However, there are indications that some restrictions on travel may in force. On December 30th, CCTVC, the State Administration of Foreign Affairs, issued a statement saying that it “strongly recommends” all Chinese citizens travelling to south Korea do so via the railways. At present, there are only two railway stations servicing south Korea.
A day later on February 1st, CCTVC said that it had instructed all airlines in south Korea to suspend all flights to and from Chinese cities. On February 3rd, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the restriction on flights to and from China was imposed as part of the Chinese government’s duty to uphold the territorial integrity of China. The Ministry added that the measures were necessary to prevent the situation on the peninsula from worsening. The ministry did not specify what measures it intends to take regarding flights to and from China
There have been reports that Chinese citizens have been detained while attempting to travel to Korea. There have also been reports that passengers who attempted to travel to China using either an airline in South Korea or a normal flight have also been detained. It is unknown at this time how all of these events are related. However, it appears that the Chinese government has implemented strict restrictions on travel to and from China. There have been no public reports regarding any of the measures implemented by the Chinese government regarding travel to and from China.
The United States Department of State issued a travel advisory on January 8th advising travelers to avoid all travel to China during the time of the new Chinese border tightening measures. This advisory indicates that the Chinese Government will impose visa requirements on all foreign nationals visiting China, and that all travel to China will be banned for a fourteen-day period beginning on January 16th. This travel advisory also indicated that for citizens of the people s republic of China within fourteen days prior to the imposition of the measures all foreign nationals are required to obtain visa applications in advance of travelling to China. There is currently no update on whether the fourteen-day validity requirement will extend to the citizens of other countries.
The tightening of the border was prompted by dissatisfaction with the Chinese government’s handling of the recent incidents with their neighbors along the eastern coast. The tightening of the trade and commerce laws was prompted by the government’s reaction to the incidents in which citizens of the people s republic of China traveling to Vietnam and Japan were arrested and detained for hours without explanation following their visit to Vietnam. These incidents represent a sharp contrast to the relaxed tourism laws that exist in China prior to the recent measures.