The suspension of all flights to and from China is the result of a new entry ban issued by the US government. The Chinese government and Foreign Ministry released a strongly worded statement against the American entry ban. The Foreign Ministry called the move “unjust and unreasonable”. The US government has not issued any statement on this issue as yet. However, the Chinese government has made its feelings quite clear.
There are a variety of reasons why the Chinese authorities may be considering a suspension of all flights to and from China. The most likely reason is that China would like to improve its relations with the US, and has been taking measures to achieve that. In July, the Chinese authorities started granting more visas to US citizens, and in August they started to increase the number of Chinese tourists visiting the US. China wants to come to the aid of the US in containing the recession, and in fact it has been trying to use tourism to do that, but has found that has been much more difficult than it anticipated.
The other reason for the decision to issue the travel advisory is the implementation of the USA Visa Waiver Program. Starting in late July, 2021, all travelers originating in or going to China from the US are required to obtain a visa before leaving. This Visa Waiver Program also requires travelers from the US to present their Passport before boarding. Some sources say that this requirement is a ploy by the Chinese government to tighten the no-fly lists, and make it harder for Americans to travel to China.
The reason for the visa ban is that US officials believe China has not complied with the terms of the WTO agreement on currency. The Commerce Department’s webpage on China says that China has failed to document export rates for the past four years. The Commerce Department is involved in an ongoing dispute with China over its inability to source low cost goods in the US market. In July, 2021 the US implemented new sanctions on some Chinese firms doing business in the US; however, the currency issue is what prompted the latest round of Visa Waiver suspension.
There are a number of different ways to enter China without presenting a valid passport. Some Chinese citizens who work in the United States can simply use a Chinese visa to pass through China. Work permits are normally enough to enter China without needing a visa. However, for those who wish to bring family members, friends, or children with them, it is important to apply for a visa.
If a foreigner wishes to apply for a Chinese visa, he or she must visit the Chinese embassy. The Chinese ambassador to the UN will be able to provide information on application procedures for Chinese nationals. Foreign nationals wishing to travel to China will need to present their valid passport before they are given a Chinese visa. Some Chinese nationals will present their nationality of residence when applying for visas, while others will not.
On February 12, 2021 the Office of the Secretary of State issued an order that imposes an entry ban on all foreign nationals wishing to enter China. This order was effective until further notice. This is the first such ban since reunification. However, the order indicates that the Chinese government reserves the right to impose an exit ban at any time. The Chinese government says that this measure is necessary due to the large numbers of tourists who have arrived in the past few months.
There has been no official reaction to the Chinese government’s announcement concerning travel to China. Many US officials have released statements regarding the news. The US Department of State issued a statement saying that travel to China would not be permitted for tourists who do not have valid travel documents. The department did not release details of which countries tourists might be permitted to enter. The State Department also issued a travel alert for citizens traveling to South Korea and Taiwan, which are considered to be among “the worst areas” for travel to China. The Department of State warns American citizens traveling to China that there is a risk of serious crime and violence in both countries.