Travel to China – The Rules You Need to Know

Travel to China

Travel to China – The Rules You Need to Know

The implementation of a travel to China policy by the US is likely to cause serious strains in bilateral relations. China is increasingly frustrated with Washington’s reaction to its incursion into waters that Beijing considers rightfully belongs with it. The People’s Republic of China, which shares a border with the Chinese communist government in one of its most important relationships, has been angered by Washington’s refusal to immediately back off of its claims in the South China Sea. The PRC perceives the move as a direct challenge to its territorial integrity and says it will not tolerate US attempts to control its maritime routes in the region. Such a stance could heighten tension between the two countries.

When the PRC refused to back down on its claims of islands in the South China Sea, the United States imposed a series of sanctions on Chinese officials, businessmen and other individuals related to China. These included banning Chinese officials from entering the US, closing US trade relations with China, closing down US diplomatic facilities in China, and implementing a freeze on commercial US transactions with China. All this has had the effect of significantly reducing tourism to China and causing a severe dent in China’s global economy. As tourism declined, the People’s Republic of China resorted to increasingly harsh measures to discourage travellers from travelling to the US, and in some cases, to prevent Chinese citizens travelling to the US altogether. On July, the US ambassador to China talked to his counterpart, warning that further restrictions on travel would be enforced. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated that the United States was considering imposing a full travel restriction on Chinese citizens, if necessary.

Such actions appeared to be designed to respond to the diplomatic pressure being applied by the United States to change the way China sees the disputed islands. However, the timing and substance of the comments make it hard to see how any travel restrictions will have any significant effect on China’s overall trade or infrastructure in the country. Moreover, it seems highly unlikely that any restrictions would be adopted by the PRC. The recent developments in the Chinese economy point to the fact that the vast majority of Chinese citizens are satisfied with the state of their economy and do not see the need to change the system that brought them prosperity.

In light of these facts, it is impossible to see the United States adopting policies that will severely affect China’s international trade or infrastructure. Instead, the United States will continue to look for areas of agreement with China, and encourage economic cooperation wherever possible. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made this approach clear when he said that the US would not apply penalties on Chinese banks that operate illegally and would not punish companies doing business in China according to actions that could be taken against US companies by the Chinese government. Similarly, President Trump stated during his first official visit to China, “Many people are free to do business in China irrespective of the kind of license they have.” The tone of the official statement indicates that the two governments have been negotiating trade issues diligently, without applying the kind of pressure that could damage the positive relationships between the two countries.

Those who plan to travel to China for business purposes will find that obtaining a business’ residence permit will be a lot easier than any other procedure. A business’ residence permit allows a traveller to enter and leave the country, even without a visa. It also allows the traveller to bring his personal property with him when travelling, which include computers, vehicles, and any other items that can be used as per the rules laid down by the Chinese government. This privilege is rarely extended to tourists, as the government does not require them to have a business’ residence permit.

As a result of previous trade relations between the United States and China, the customs and immigration policies regarding visiting China have always been restrictive. Visas are often strictly controlled and may not be accepted for certain categories of visitors. Similarly, there are numerous restrictions imposed on the movement of foreign travelers within China, which makes travelling to China even more difficult.

Those travelling to China for pleasure as tourists do not need to worry about any of these formalities and can simply obtain a visa in any Chinese embassy. However, those travelling to China for business purposes or to study require a Chinese business’ residence visa. Moreover, it is very important to get hold of an invitation letter from the Chinese embassy. The invitation letter is required to enable the holder to enter China and also to allow the holder to leave China.

Chinese visas are mostly valid for three months, but the period of validity can be extended if both parties agree. On arrival at the airport, travellers should check with the immigration authorities whether they have obtained an immigrant visa and if so, what their status is. The customs officials at the airport are best placed to determine whether you have the necessary documentation. They will also be able to tell you the regulations governing the entering and exiting of your country. These regulations are enforced by the Chinese authorities and are designed to prevent illegal entrants into the country and to facilitate trade.