Travel to China – How to Avoid the Entry Requirements

The Trump administration has announced that they are imposing a travel to China ban. “Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement, that the United States will impose a formula for dealing with North Korea and China” according to the Associated Press. Secretary Ross stated, “North Korea is in a serious category of concern.” This is similar to the Bush administration’s strategy to deal with Iraq and Iran, which were two chief sponsors of international terrorism. The World Leadership Forum stated that the new formula for dealing with the nuclear weapons build up in Iran and North Korea does not involve isolation and appeasement. On the contrary, Secretary Ross affirmed that the United States was seeking a united response from all nations to help deter the Chinese leadership from taking action that could lead to war.

In the past, when the United States restricted entry to certain countries due to high risk of terrorism or human rights violations by the Chinese government retaliated by temporarily closing the American Embassy and consulate in China. This led to the Chinese government publicly criticizing the United States for its “unprofessional” actions. Recently, there have been reports that the Chinese government is considering creating its own version of the visa requirements for travel to the United States. This could be another ploy to prevent travel to the U.S. by Chinese citizens who may wish to visit American businessmen or businesswomen. The United States State Department is reportedly working on revisions to the visa waiver program to implement this new ban.

The reason why the United States has decided to impose an entry ban on Chinese travelers has not been disclosed, but the reason may have to do with China’s growing military presence overseas. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has dispatched thousands of troops to Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years. There are also reports that the Chinese have been providing armored personnel carriers to Afghan security forces. These forces are also said to be supporting the Pakistani government in their fight against the Taliban. Reports have also indicated that the PRC is providing surface-to-air missiles to Philippine security forces battling terrorists from the Philippines.

In an effort to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus, China has closed down all domestic healthcare facilities. The move was announced by the Ministry of Health on January 4th. Many travel experts believe that this was a deliberate move to reduce the number of travelers to China from Western countries, in an effort to reduce the risk of the deadly virus spreading among those who had come to seek medical treatment. According to media reports, the Ministry of Health stated that all clinics providing medical care to the general public were closing down on the same day that the ban was implemented.

On the other hand, many people believe that the move was taken in response to media reports which suggested that some doctors in China had been found to be falsifying the results of medical tests on patients. Some of the cases were fatal. Therefore, the Ministry of Health’s stated that it was imposing an entry ban on any foreign nationals, including citizens of the People’s Republic of China within fourteen days prior to any medical procedures being conducted. This new regulation has caused confusion amongst foreigners wishing to travel to China.

If you are travelling from European or North American countries into China, and wish to see local laws in person, you will need to pass through immigration upon arrival at the Chinese border. You will then be issued with a visa, allowing you to free movement within the country, as well as the right to enter China for twelve months after your visa expires. However, there is no guarantee when your visa will expire, and some Chinese nationals who overstay their visa periods can be banned from entering the country for up to three years. When travelling from the United Kingdom or other EU countries into China, you will need to apply for a special one, and then pay an exit fee upon exiting the country.

British nationals who wish to see local laws in China should take care when crossing the border. There have been several incidents in which foreign nationals who were not aware of the existence of a special administrative area called the autonomous region have been detained by the Chinese government while attempting to cross into the autonomous region. The majority of British nationals who become stranded in China are unable to speak Chinese, so are unable to negotiate their way out.

You should also be very careful when entering China by road. There are many vehicles that are monitored and even driven by CCTV cameras. If you do not intend to remain in China for more than a week, it is highly recommended that you rent a vehicle from a car rental company (there are many companies offering such services in Beijing) and allow a group of experienced drivers to accompany you into the city. Your customs officials will guide you to the correct gateways, and once inside the capital you will find that most of the local traffic is friendly and cooperative.