Travel To China – Is Your Travel Ban Extended?

Travel to China

Travel To China – Is Your Travel Ban Extended?

Effective January first suspend all flights to and from China. The move comes as China’s President Hu Jintao embarks on a four-day state of national holiday – the first state visit by a Chinese president. The move follows months of tensions that boiled over into deadly clashes between student protesters and government officials in June. Chinese officials accuse foreign media of fabricating news and interfering in internal affairs. Many foreign nationals are angered at the inclusion of the controversial anniversary and have issued travel advisories.

On Thursday, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued travel alerts advising citizens against travelling to China during the upcoming state-wide three-day weekend. The Ministry says it will implement a “rectification policy” that banning all flights to and from some mainly-Asian countries which are thought to be affected. Some of the countries affected are Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and India. This comes after Chinese officials blocked several airlines from landing in Hong Kong, Taiwan and any other destination not deemed Chinese.

The three days of Chinese state-led festivities will begin on Friday. Thousands of Chinese people will celebrate the ancient lunar calendar by visiting tombs, temples and monuments across the country. Travel to China during this period is restricted to those who can enter the country via authorised Chinese diplomatic or travel agencies. Some foreigners complain that authorities are using the Three Day festival as a way of implementing full control over the Chinese economy. A full ban on all travel to and from China was not expected, as such a large number of businesses and foreigners would use them for business and leisure travel.

Chinese citizens will also be restricted from traveling abroad during the lunar calendar. The reason given by the Chinese government was that they fear citizens will not take time out to celebrate the new year. The New Year’s Eve celebration sees millions of tourists all enjoying the traditional Chinese food. Foreigners who choose to visit China during this time will find themselves banned from entering the country. Some foreign travelers see this as a clear example of China trying to limit the influence of western culture.

Travel to China during the Spring Festival and the Chinese New Year brings thousands of foreigners back to the country for the first time in several years. Many of the foreign travelers who come during these two periods are elderly and in poor health. Chinese authorities have begun offering health care services and free medical treatment to foreigners, as well as free accommodation. This is in an effort to attract more foreigners to visit the country. Many tourists who make this visit are made easy with housing facilities close to the cities.

The summer is traditionally a good time to travel to China. Chinese nationals enjoy summer vacations, so the number of tourists travelling to the country is usually fairly low during this time. Again, Chinese officials have implemented a range of travel restrictions to limit pollution and maintain social stability. Tourism is heavily regulated during the Chinese New Year, and officials expect more travelers to be travelling to celebrate the new year. Many foreign nationals who plan to travel to China during this time will find their travel plans interrupted by security restrictions and inspections.

Traveling during the Tibetan month of November through to the spring months of the Chinese calendar presents a different picture. Again, the Chinese government implements a range of restrictions to promote healthy growth and development in the country. The most restrictive measures are applied to tourism, which is seen as foreign interference. Tourists who wish to travel to China during this period should consult the country’s travel-advisory bureau to confirm that travel to the country is not banned. Many of the most important Buddhist monasteries are located in Beijing and Tibet, so any visitor intending to observe the religious life in China should ensure that they do not violate any laws.

In the past few years there have been reports of travellers being barred entry to South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. However, the recent visa review process for these countries has been relaxed to allow people to travel to China as long as they have an invitation from the Chinese government. This does not mean that all restrictions associated with visiting North Korea, Vietnam or other communist-controlled nations have been lifted. If you are travelling to any of these countries during the times when there are significant restrictions on travel to China, you may find that your entry ban has been temporarily lifted.