Travel To China – Effective Februray 1

Travel to China can be a rewarding experience for people of all ages and backgrounds. The many cities, towns and regions in China are jam packed with great historical sites, shopping boutiques and tourist attractions. But before you embark on your journey, it’s important to be prepared for the country and the people.

On March 27th, entry into the People’s Republic of China was temporarily stopped. The reason given was unclear, but travelers have been warned not to leave town or seek a refund from their tour operators while the situation is resolved. The U.S. embassy in China has issued a travel advisory to its citizens advising them to avoid all travel to the area. A detention ban is expected. Stay alert and be cautious.

On February 7th, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the spouses or children of certain travelers who have had an exit visa expired that they would need to visit the Chinese consulate before the end of the current travel ban. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to clarify whether this ban applies to travelers to mainland China as well as those traveling to Hong Kong, Macau and other enclaves in China. It is also important to note that this advisory is only effective during the period of this travel ban. It is possible that it will be lifted prior to April 4th.

On January 19th, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a travel advisory informing tourists to China’s diplomatic and commercial airports to expect to encounter tougher screening when departing from these airports. This travel advisory also indicates that there may be an exit ban starting on February 21st. The ministry stressed that this new policy is intended to implement “effective january 1st through effective january 14th”. No passengers with expired or invalid passport are eligible for this new policy.

There are several reasons why this new policy was issued. According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, these reasons include issues regarding irregular departure, travel falsification, and illegal entry of Chinese nationals on flights to and from China. In light of the revised CPC Schedule, the issuance of new visas will be suspended until further notice. Additionally, for those citizens traveling on valid passport and who have previously undergone border clearance procedure, issuance of new visas will now be processed. It is important to note that the revised CPC schedule was released on January 19th, and is effective immediately.

For those traveling to China on non-immigrant visas-on-arrival, there are no changes in the entry ban. However, the new policy will make it more difficult for non-immigrant visa holders to leave China to take advantage of the current exit visa scheme. The new guideline will require them to depart from the airport nearest to their point of entry before travelling to their destination. This new requirement has caused many individuals who had previously used the exit visa scheme, to now apply for tourist visas-on-arrival.

For Chinese citizens, who are currently travelling outside of China on business or vacation, the implementation of the new CPC Schedule will not affect them. Citizens of China are still required to obtain an exit visa upon departure for a foreign country. The only requirement now is for them to depart from the port of departure to the point of entry. If they are travelling to China, they can enjoy the benefits of free travel to their point of entry. CPC regulations will not be applied to them during this time.

The revised CPC Entry Requirements, effective february 1st, is a good reminder of how important it is for all Chinese citizens to be aware of local Chinese travel scams. When approaching any traveler agency, always ask questions about whether they offer a free travel brochure in Mandarin. This is because all travel agencies are likely to carry some brochures with information regarding the Beijing customs and quarantine laws. Some may even have a copy of the actual CPC Regulations, in case a resident does not understand how to read Chinese. The local Chinese language firm should also provide you with a copy of the latest version of the travel brochure, which will include all the relevant information, including the rules on travelling around china.