Travel to China – The Chinese Government’s Measures on American Citizens Traveling to China

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Travel to China – The Chinese Government’s Measures on American Citizens Traveling to China

The Chinese government has announced some new measures in an attempt to curb the rising number of tourists entering China and exiting without inspection. The new measures are effective January 1st, and will be effective globally as well. The measures are part of China’s efforts to uphold its Silk Road trade agreement with the European Union, which was agreed upon in June 2021. The EU was one of twelve countries that were granted full membership into the customs union, of which China is a member. If the EU was denied access to the customs union, China may seek to join a different trade agreement. These measures are intended to crack down on the “paperless” practice of leaving China for overseas travel without documentation.

The initial set of measures imposed by the State Council (SC) on July 16th were meant to be effective only for citizens of China who were currently traveling abroad on business. The revised regulations now extend to all citizens of China who plan to travel outside of China and intend to return. These regulations have been imposed by the SC according to its own internal procedures and directives. They are being implemented in order to facilitate economic development and global trade.

The most significant change involves the Chinese government’s decision to suspend flights to and from Hong Kong and Macau. Although this measure was only released on July 16th, it was effectively implemented according to the orders of the State Council on August 3rd. According to the announcement, the suspension will apply to all flights operated by the state-owned airline, China Southern Airlines, and all air carriers operated by the Cebu Pacific International Airlines Company. A total of 23 airlines have been affected by the announcement, with the addition of two additional airlines that were not previously notified of the suspension.

This is not the first time that the State Council has imposed an entry ban on citizens traveling to China. On March 6th, the same measures were implemented following the conclusion of the Chinese PRC-Korean War negotiations. This is the third major trade war negotiation in a row that the PRC has undergone, following the APEC summit in Brisbane, Australia in November 2021 and the Diaoyu/ Daioyu crisis in China.

The three-month visa restrictions were imposed as a response to the Chinese government’s dissatisfaction with the US visa regulations released in January. The US authorities announced that citizens who had traveled to China prior to the implementation of the Visa Waiver Program (VAP) would be allowed to renew their existing visas upon arrival. However, Chinese officials had opposed the inclusion of provisions on expanding the current program. Instead, they requested that the US authorities drop the requirement that travelers originating from China require a visa for a stay over one month. The US declined this request, and instead announced that it will begin to issue VAPs to Chinese citizens beginning in July.

This suggests that the recent US decision to impose an entry ban on all travelers originating from China, including tourists, was implemented in response to the collapse of the Chinese economy. Although the reason for the Chinese government’s dissatisfaction was not made public, speculation abound that the collapse of the Chinese economy could be a factor in its decision to impose an entry ban. The truth is that the collapse of the Chinese economy will have no bearing on whether travelers from mainland china within fourteen days can now stay in the US. Rather, the opposite is true-if you were hoping to stay in the US under the new Visa Waiver Program, you should now expect to be denied entry due to the current ban.

The fourth action that the Chinese government took in response to the US Visa Waiver ban is to impose an exit visa requirement for all Chinese travelers leaving the country. For example, in July, they announced that all Chinese citizens wishing to leave for vacation or travel outside of China would need to apply for a visa prior to traveling. Today, this requirement has been expanded to include all traveling outside of China as well. There are no exceptions or special cases, and all departing Chinese citizens must apply for a visa in advance of their departure date. If a person does not apply for a visa in advance of their travel date, they risk the possibility of being turned down when they arrive at their destination. On many occasions, Americans have been refused entry into the country based on this new exit visa requirement.

It is important to note that the three measures imposed by the Chinese government are designed to implement an “exit door” policy for Chinese citizens traveling abroad. This is in effect, a ban on American travelers without visas. However, the fourth measure, the exit visa requirement, does not appear to be intended to be enforced in every situation. Given this, it is important for you, the travelling American, to be aware of your options should you be refused entry into the People’s Republic of China. As an American traveling to the PRC, you are not required to display Chinese citizenship or give up your American nationality.