Travel to China – Visa and Immigration Issues

Travel to China

Travel to China – Visa and Immigration Issues

Have you ever wondered if it is safe to travel to China? There are certainly risks when traveling to any country for that matter, but China poses special dangers for Westerners traveling to the Far East. Thousands of American citizens to travel to China every year to experience the amazing culture and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. While it is a very exciting time for Americans to witness China’s rise to economic power, it is also important for travelers to be aware of how to avoid the risks of travel to China.

The U.S. State Department first released a Level 4 travel advisory on traveling to the Chinese province of Wuhan. You may remember that Wuhan was the origination point of the deadly pandemic. The first national travel ban by China took effect January 1, 2021, with some reported cases in the United States as well. There has been no confirmation of the new pandemic or the existence of the H7N9 strain. However, the State Department reminded travelers to be vigilant and seek medical attention if they may have come in contact with this strain.

The second travel advisory has been issued for the entire globe. This Level 4 travel warning warns that there could be a resurgence of swine flu virus. It is an attempt to scare American travelers so that the ban on traveling to China will not be lifted before the end of the year. This comes just two days after the Chinese government announced that they have stopped completely the visa application process for foreign nationals coming to visit their country.

The State department is saying that they believe the implementation of a visa-free travel regime is only a temporary measure until the Chinese government can implement an effective February 1st ban. The ban on the use of unregistered electronic money transfers comes into effect at the same time as the visa-free travel scheme begins. This means that Chinese citizens will have a free hand to use overseas cash in any way they wish, including purchasing property and services in foreign countries.

A ban on the use of dollar transactions in foreign countries was also implemented at the same time as the visa-free travel initiative begins. This means that all of China’s citizens will be able to freely use their Yuan without restriction. The State department is warning that the effective February 1st entry ban will likely be implemented only temporarily and then will be rescinded. In addition to the stamped stamping of currency by all foreign nationals, no foreign national is allowed to open a bank account with a Yuan deposit. The only exception is if a business requires an individual to hold a Yuan account to receive funds for its products.

The United States Department of Treasury has issued a statement which indicates that the effective February 9th Entry ban on Yuan deposits has been imposed an implementation date of one month previously. This comes in effect after the foreign ministries were notified that a Yuan opening permit is required for all travelers intending to enter China. The ministry has yet to issue a formal travel advisory for China. It has however instructed all Americans traveling to China to avoid the Hubei crossing, and to instead use the Kaifeng crossing.

The US Department of State has not issued a travel advisory regarding the bans on currency transactions in China. The only notification released by the State department is one which indicates that all persons who have obtained an immigrant visa are required to obtain immediate travel documents from the embassy. The document states that anyone who does not comply with this requirement will be punished. The penalties include a fine or a prison sentence of up to two years. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to issue a travel advisory to its nationals regarding the ban on currency transactions in China.

For those who have obtained a non-immigrant visa, and subsequently entered China without authorization, they may also need to remain in China for up to 14 days. If you are travelling without a visa and face the possibility of detention, you should contact the nearest American consular office in Beijing and ask for advice and assistance. Consular officers can offer you valuable information on your rights, your access to legal advice, and assistance with obtaining an extension to your work permit or parole in China.