Effective January 2021, the Chinese Government notified all airlines to suspend all flights to and from China. The reason given was that there would be no inspection of these types of Chinese cargo ships coming into and out of Hong Kong. This sparked a major backlash in the United States and has caused a lot of trouble for travellers who were due to fly to China or who planned to fly there. There are many travelers to China who have already cancelled their travel plans to cite the new entry ban as a reason. There are other travelers who are not so sure if they can still get to see their loved ones or if they can still visit China. To help you with your travel planning, here are some important facts about travelling to China and why the Chinese government made this announcement.
First, the Chinese government has announced that it will impose an entry ban on all goods coming from China into Canada. The reason given was that there have been reports of illegal products entering into Canada. However, there was no confirmation from the Canadian government as to what the reasons were behind the report. It has also been reported that this move by the Chinese government is due to dissatisfaction with the anti-Chinese sentiment in the United States. Reports have suggested that the anti-American sentiment is the reason that the Chinese government banned travel from and to the US. The reason for this ban came after the US Commerce Department slapped a $ Zen thousand ban on a Chinese company that was involved in shipping telecommunications equipment to Iran.
Secondly, the Chinese government has announced that it will impose an entry ban on all citizens travelling to and from Hong Kong. This comes in the middle of a dispute between the PRC and the PRK. The PRK claims that it only wants to open a consulate in Hong Kong to facilitate trade between the two countries. However, the PRC believes that it is right to control the activities of foreign nationals in China according to its interpretation of the Basic Laws of China. This is believed to be a direct violation of the agreements reached between the two sides when the PRK allowed free trade within its territory.
Secondly, in the past fourteen days, the Chinese government has announced that it will impose an entry ban on all foreign nationals who have travelled to or entered China using rail or flights from Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Tunisia, or Nigeria. This is again in violation of the bilateral conventions between the two sides and flies in the face of the numerous commitments made by the Chinese government to respect the basic freedoms of citizens. This follows a policy introduced in July last year by the President of China, Hu Jintao, which is to improve relations with its western counterpart, the US.
The Chinese government has also announced that all flights to and from Pakistan will be suspended on Februrary 1st. This comes after the US government imposed an entry ban on travelers from China, effective February 1st. This is despite the fact that there has been no reported incidents of infiltration of Chinese military personnel into Pakistan through the airports in Pakistan. On Februrary 2nd, the Chinese government announced that it would not allow foreign travel once again starting from the Shanghai Railway International Airport until further notice. This follows a similar move made by the UAE, an oil-rich Middle Eastern country, when it suspended all flights to China from October onwards. Both these measures were later lifted after the Chinese government promised to respect its commitments.
On the same day, the Chinese government announced that it would impose a total travel ban from any international airport in the world, effective immediately. In the past, China has strictly enforced its hospitality policies by preventing citizens from travelling to other countries, including the US. However, following the US government’s announcement that it would not issue visas for citizens of the Chinese People’s Republic of China within fourteen days, and would cut off all travel to the US, China immediately implemented a ban on all travelling to the US by foreign nationals.
Some US citizens travelling to China have found themselves without the correct exit visa to leave the country or have been unable to leave China after they have arrived at their destination. A number of hotels and other large organisations in China have applied for emergency leave without paying the required exit visas, causing chaos at airports across the country. The largest airport in China, Beijing’s Hefei International Airport, was forced to close its international airport facility following the announcement, and hundreds of passengers were stranded at the airport for days. The US Embassy in China has blocked all non-essential travel to and from China, while American citizens have also reported being denied exit visas at airports in Hong Kong and Taipei. This, coupled with the ban on travelling to China from the US has caused a significant increase in traffic on the roads leading in and out of the country.
The most common way that people enter China is through their local airport, which may be slow or lacking in reliability. When using the local airport for your exit, you should make sure that you have the right documents in order to clear customs at the border. In addition to waiting in line to have your passport stamped by a Chinese border police officer, you will have to wait in a queue of up to four or more Chinese passengers who are also waiting to have their own visas before being able to board any flights to China. Most airports in China will require passengers to stay there for at least twenty-four hours unless you have special travel authorisations. If you arrive at your intended destination after such a long wait, you may find yourself having to pay a hefty penalty or be left with an invalid passport once you reach the Chinese consulate.