The Chinese government has recently announced that starting from January 2009 all travel to China will be subject to a new set of entry and exit ban rules. There will be a new system for managing travelers’ visas, which is expected to be introduced in coming weeks. The move comes just a few months after the same policy was announced for Hong Kong by the Chinese government.
The reason why the United Nations is now worried about China is the rising number of people who are traveling to and from the country, mainly through China’s neighbors. This includes India, Vietnam, and Pakistan. Many of these travelers are headed towards north Korea, a country that is isolated, poor, and where torture, disappearances, and other harsh abuses against citizens are common.
On top of the restrictions on travel to China that have been announced by the authorities in the past few months, there have been a series of other directives from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of these included reiterating that citizens of China are required to respect China’s claim to disputed islands in the South Pacific. The islands, which include the Paracelsus Island and the Diaoyu Islands, are known as Chinese territories. While China insists that it has ownership rights to the islands, the countries surrounding it have claimed them in the past, and will do so if they become inconvenient. These moves indicate that China is increasingly asserting its claim to the islands.
The United States State Department’s website calls for all travelers to avoid China completely. “While there are a variety of possible causes for visiting China, including the potential for violence against U.S. citizens and the prevalence of human trafficking, dangerous economic circumstances in China, and Chinese-American cooperation, travel to China should be limited to licensed itineraries,” the site states. “Commerce-related activities should only be allowed through China-authorized brokers.” This is similar to the requirements of many countries when it comes to traveling to China. While it may be difficult for some to adhere to this rule, the more people who do so, the more China will be limited as a global business destination.
If you need travel advice about China, or any country for that matter, you should have no trouble getting it from the American consular division in Hong Kong or the Department of State’s webpage on China. In fact, you can find everything you need here to prepare for your trip. You’ll also find general, security, and travel advice as well. The webpage on China even offers a list of travel tips to help you navigate your way around China. You can get information on the currency exchange rate, Chinese law, and general China-U.S. relations.
When applying for a visa to work in China, you will first need to fill out an F visa application form. You will need to present this form to the Chinese consulate for processing. If you are a non-immigrant worker who is not a permanent resident of China, you will not need to visit the Chinese embassy once you have obtained a visa. On the other hand, if you have a PRC work permit, you will need to visit the embassy in person to apply for your visa. If you have both a visa and work permit, you can apply for a visa and work permit at the same time.
Once you have obtained a visa to work in China, you should obtain an exit visa as well. The exit visa will allow you to leave China once your visa has expired, so you do not want to leave without this important document. Keep in mind that the customs and exit visas are separate from the visas for travel to China.
When traveling to China, you should be aware of the entry restrictions that China has in place for tourists. For example, China does not recognize citizens from certain countries as tourists, nor will they give them access to their own passports. Travel to China using a Chinese tourist visa is relatively safe, but there are some aspects of travel to China that you will need to be aware of. These areas include the application for a Chinese visa and exit visa, as well as the application for exit tickets. While it can be confusing, it’s worth it to get everything in order before you travel to China.