Travel to China – Visa Issues and Citations

Travel to China may not be as costly as you think. Effective January 2021, the exit and entry ban for certain Chinese nationals were lifted. Visitors could now enter the country and obtain visas upon arrival. The Chinese government had previously implemented a variety of travel restrictions for the country.

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These restrictions had largely affected both Chinese citizens and non-Chinese nationals traveling to China. Non-Chinese citizens did not have the same privilege as Chinese nationals of obtaining an immigrant visa for stay in the country. They could enter and leave as they pleased, but had to remain at their home destination for a specified period of time. Chinese nationals of foreign descent had even more freedom, at least within the cities they were allowed to enter and exit the country through. Both groups enjoyed the same privileges at the airport when it came to boarding and departing for the different parts of the country.

For Chinese nationals traveling outside of China, they would need to apply for and receive their visa at the foreign embassy. Depending on the duration of their stay and the number of days they traveled to and from the Chinese embassy, there would be a different procedure for processing their visa. Chinese nationals traveling on business or pleasure might find it easier to obtain their visa onsite instead of at the embassy. Visas can also be obtained at any of the many tourist visa offices around China. There are even some offices that cater exclusively to Chinese travelers looking to travel abroad.

It’s important for travelers to be aware that, if they purchased tickets from the China embassies, they would need to obtain their visa from the local Chinese Embassy before traveling. This is because the prices charged by the China embassies for processing visa applications are typically much higher than the prices charged by the local Thai or Malaysian embassies. For this reason, it is very important to purchase tickets from the local embassy prior to departure.

Another set of Chinese nationalities who will be affected by the new restrictions are children between the ages of five and sixteen. Until recently, children who were enrolled in China’s public schools were not required to obtain registration or annual exit exam certificates as part of their international travel planning. However, as of April 2021, all children attending schools in China have had to submit school certificates for the current academic year. Also, these children are now required to receive school exit exams upon returning to China.

Travel to China does require certain types of vaccinations. In order to travel to China, tourists are required to present valid travel documents such as passport or visa applications. Some areas of China have a requirement that travelers show proof of vaccination against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, and China has specific requirements regarding the receipt of malaria. Travelers can receive a special card from the local Chinese embassy containing information regarding malaria vaccinations upon arrival in China. Travelers who do not present a special card from the embassy are not allowed to travel to China with the intent to seek malaria treatment.

The United States has implemented visa restrictions for travelers originating in China. The State Department reminds tourists to apply for a visa well in advance of traveling to China. The department reminds American citizens that a person traveling to China must also apply for a visa before leaving the United States. The visa requirements vary for different levels of tourism, ranging from student and business visas to specialized passports.

In light of the new visa restrictions, and as a reminder to would-be tourists who are traveling on vacation to China, the best option is to apply for a Chinese Work Permit. Chinese tourists will need to present their Work Permit upon arrival in China and must return to their country of origin to obtain their original work permit. For those who already have a work permit, they may skip the application process and enter without obtaining a Work Permit. However, should they wish to apply for a Work Permit and then exit the country without it, they will need to apply for a new Work Permit upon arrival back in the United States.