You have decided to travel to China, India or Malaysia. You will be heading out on a long trip and will want to make the best of your time. Before you leave for your trip, there are some things that you should know in order to ensure your safety. These tips will help you enjoy your trip and feel safe as you travel to these destinations.
You should avoid Non-Travel to China. Personal Safety Last updated: 29 July 2021. The PRC imposed several travel restrictions and arrests of foreigners on the same day that they released their own citizens who were arbitrarily arrested. There have been no further reports of the PRC detaining travelers in arbitrary arrests.
You should be aware that most tourists do not have an official Chinese visa. If you do have one, there are many rules and regulations regarding your rights and privileges. Traveling to China is restricted for anyone with a Chinese Social Security number (SSN). You may also need to provide your birth certificate in addition to your passport for processing. Dual Nationality Visitors Only: Only Chinese nationals are permitted to stay in China without obtaining a visa.
There are several restrictions for U.S. Citizens traveling to China. There are specific activities that are prohibited for Chinese citizens. The only stipulation is that tourists have their own passports. Visas are often still required for foreigners coming to China on business purposes.
There are no longer any visas available for the first two weeks of January as Chinese authorities prepare for the Beijing Olympic Games. There are, however, no restrictions on travel to the U.S. during the month of march until the end of July. Travelers can leave China and enter the country via any airport but should take the Chinese visa after leaving.
The number of Chinese visitors increases dramatically in the first half of February, as Chinese President Hu Jintao’s government announces the Chinese National Work Plan. The main components of this plan are labor control, market reform, economic growth, and reform of state enterprises. The work permit system will be reformed to facilitate work by workers from abroad, but there is no confirmation of a complete ban on Chinese workers entering the United States. Tourists who fail to have a proper work permit will be banned from travelling to China again.
The third week of March sees the closure of the American consulate in Beijing. It was the consulate that helped facilitate the shipment of American citizens home from China during the martial law period. The closure will leave a large number of Chinese citizens without access to the U.S. embassy. Once the Chinese government restores diplomatic relations, the remaining Chinese embassies should issue visas.
The fourth week of April saw the partial opening of the Chinese consulate in St. Patrick’s Day. However, foreigners were not able to apply for a work visa and therefore could not take advantage of the benefits offered by the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The Chinese government has not issued any visas for St. Patrick’s Day. Foreign nationals may visit the Chinese consulate in St. Patrick’s Day only once during their stay in China. After that, all visits by foreign nationals will be subject to the normal St. Patrick’s Day procedures.
The fifth week of April sees the partial reopening of the U.S. embassy in Beijing after it was temporarily shut down due to the Tibetan independence movement. Once again, no visa applications have been received and no work permits have been given out. The Chinese authorities will allow people to visit Hong Kong and Macau. However, they must obtain exit visas in advance and present their passport when arriving in China.
The sixth week of May saw the beginning of the Tibetan Year of Peace. Many Chinese citizens were evacuated from Tibet and the Dalai Lama relocated to Dharamsala, the capital of India. Since India is not officially Chinese territory, however, it is not possible for Chinese authorities to grant exit visas to Tibetan travelers. Thus, travelers to China cannot travel to India to participate in the Tibetan cultural festival.
Traveling outside of China can still be a risk if you are not following the rules of the Chinese government. Many Chinese cities exalt the Chinese flag proudly but carry heavy restrictions against Western travel. The same can be said of many cities in South Korea. Tourists who violate the ban face arrest and incarceration. While the majority of the restrictions against non-Chinese citizens are for political reasons, some are based strictly on security issues. While there are travel advisories released by the State Department each year which advises travelers to avoid certain areas and to avoid certain Chinese officials, there are no travel advisories issued by the United States government pertaining to travel to China.