Travel to China may become more difficult in the future. The Peoples Republic of China has tightened its travel policy. Entry into the People’s Republic of China has been suspended since March 26th. There’s still no definite end-date for the new travel policy.
If you were planning to visit China advise your travel agent immediately as many restrictions have already been put into place. Some people have already had to cancel their trip due to the new Chinese policy banning foreign nationals from entering China without special permission from the Chinese government. This could take several weeks or even months for the situation to be resolved. It has also caused major chaos in airports around the world as people are being turned away from the country.
Citizens of the PRC are prohibited from traveling to certain areas. For instance, citizens of Arab Republic are not allowed to exit from China to travel to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Qatar, and Kuwait. Similarly, citizens of Guinea are banned from traveling to any other African country except for those that are members of the African Union. This exit ban comes in effect until further notice. A similar ban on traveling to Morocco comes in effect in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions concerning its territories.
The new policy of curtailing U.S. citizens traveling to China comes in accordance with the International Relations Department of the State Department. The new Chinese law makes it easier for foreigners wishing to visit China to obtain a visa. The requirements now require foreigners who wish to travel to China to have a nationality other than the one of which they are a citizen. Thus if a person is born in the United States, he may not be required to obtain a visa in order to travel to China. However, the individual must still present proof of his citizenship or else his visit will be forbidden.
The Chinese government requires all international travelers to obtain tourist visas prior to departure. The purpose of this requirement is to prevent illegal immigration and to regulate trade between the two countries. Chinese authorities make it mandatory for all nationalities to present photo identification at the airport upon arrival. Some nationalities are required to produce documents that can serve as evidence of their residence in China. These nationalities are foreigners with permanent resident status in China, Chinese citizens who have become a permanent resident of the country, and individuals who are permitted to stay in China for six consecutive years or more.
Visitors who do not possess permanent resident status in China and who are permitted to stay in the country for six consecutive years or more can apply for the E-visa. The process for applying for the E-visa is same as that of the normal visa application. The only difference is that one has to present his passport along with his Permanent Residence Card. In addition, there are some other requirements such as having a job offer from a company registered with the Chinese Ministry of Transport and a Chinese residence record. The above mentioned requirements are only the few criteria imposed by the Chinese authorities to determine whether the applicant is eligible for E-visa. There are many more E-visa regulations that can be found on the web.
Travel to China is not easy without the implementation of visa restrictions. Chinese authorities strictly observe all the regulations related to travel to China and tourists who violate the law can face serious penalties including the confiscation of their property and arrest. The current bans and restriction orders issued by the Chinese authorities are not easy to understand as they state things like no tourists will be allowed to enter China via the Kaifeng Tunnel, no vehicles will be allowed access to the Kaifeng Tunnel, no cars will be allowed access to the Hong Kong border, and no people shall be permitted to leave China to go to Hong Kong or China’s mainland through the Zhuilin Road. On the whole, it can be said that China’s attitude to foreigners and the country’s foreign policy do not show any signs of relaxedness.
There are still many restrictions on the movement of people within China and some travel agencies have already started to implement a Suspension of Travel to China policy. It is believed that this measure was imposed to crack down on criticisms against the Chinese leadership by Western and international observers. However, the global nature of business and travel in China makes it difficult to completely implement the orders since the law does not apply to citizens of foreign countries. In addition, there are cases of disobedience of these orders in the past. For example, in 2021, a number of US citizens were detained in China for anti-Americanism after traveling to China to attend an American film festival.