Travel to China – Travel to the PRC

Travel to China is often subject to security clearance. You may need a visa from the Chinese consulate to travel to China. Chinese Visa Application Centers have opened across the country.

Travel to China

On Nov 4 the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the suspension of all visas and residence permits issued by the U.S. diplomatic community in China. The Chinese Government will not grant new visas to people who have previously conducted criminal activity in China or who are on a list of people considered to be inadvisable to travel to China or sell/buy property in China while in the country. The U.S. consulate in China has been notified of the suspension. The U.S. embassy in China expressed “fear” for the citizens of China who plan to travel outside the country and who may be detained if they fail to secure the proper visa documentation.

Chinese officials stated that the changes were effective January 1st, and will be reviewed according to the regular schedule. The current visa requirements for Chinese nationals traveling abroad are: acquire a foreign national visa from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Chinese embassies; obtain exit and entrance tickets from the Chinese ministries; and present all required documents to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time of departure. A one-time electronic visa card can be issued upon presentation of original passport or foreign national visa. However, these cards cannot be replaced by a new one or the validity period for these cards will be restricted to three months.

Prior to traveling outside the country, all activities which require the acquisition of an exit or entrance ticket will be cancelled. The ticket will be stamped with a six-digit validity period. These tickets are only valid for entry into China; they are not valid for exit from China. Individuals who acquired these stamped tickets will have to present their valid tickets when exiting China.

The restrictions on travel impose restrictions on citizens of certain countries, and these include the following: citizens of Mongolia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Iraq; citizens of Singapore, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador; citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Mexico; residents of Switzerland, Germany, and Lichtenstein. These laws are applicable in all directions, including the conduct of business, finance, immigration, and communication. Individuals who have previously established residence in China or those who have acquired citizenship of China may not exceed the quota of Chinese citizens permitted to enter or exit the country.

Persons who have acquired a Chinese national identity card and are suspected of the same crimes as those mentioned above may be required to undergo criminal screening or face arrest and prosecution. The penalties for violation of Chinese law or the stipulations of the Travel Control Regulations are: a fine of up to $ multimillion or prison. Individuals who are accused of crimes related to tourism or the unauthorized entry of Chinese citizens can be subjected to restrictive measures such as travel restrictions, detention, and return. Travel to China is severely restricted during times of government censorship. There is an increased risk of loss or damage to personal and business records, and expatriates are advised to use caution when carrying out business or personal transactions abroad.

Quarantine Prohibitions/Sanitation Quotas The Prevention of Dangerous Species and Disease (DDP) and the Contamination of Quarantine Sites (CCR) are included among the requirements of the Travel Health and Safety Act of 2021. CCRs are required to be established in areas where there are risks of endemic disease or outbreaks of communicable diseases. An infected person may be required to obtain a quarantine period prior to Travel to China. For instance, in regions of the world with low levels of available healthcare, an infected tourist may be required to register and undergo quarantining before Travel to China.

Traveling throughout the PRC requires tourists to obtain a visa prior to departure. Tourists can only obtain these from designated embassies of the PRC. Citizens of the PRC are strictly prohibited from traveling to any other country that has not been registered with the Republic of China (PRC) and has not implemented the Entry into China Procedures for the Permanent Residents (ECP) for citizens of the PRC. For further information on Travel to China, please visit the Department of State’s webpage on Travel to China.