If you are planning a trip to China, you should definitely plan it well in advance. The earlier you leave for China, the more time you will have to prepare. One of the most important things to plan in advance is the route you will take. In this article, we give tips on how to plan your China travel.
Avoid non-essential Travel to China. Effective February 4, Chinese immigration authorities announced that they will enforce exit and entry ban within two weeks due to three incidents – a stamped truck accident on the Chinese Tibetan border, a missing tourist from the USA, and US citizens improperly entering the country. These incidents caused the Chinese government to implement these policies, which is effective until March 7.
Be Prepared to Face an Embarrassment upon Arrival in China. Confirmed cases of sexual harassment during sexual intercourse, forced marriage, or rape have increased in the past year. Many tourists were molested while traveling alone in Yunnan province. The police reported that in one case, the bride was gang-raped and the groom’s parents escaped from prison after the crime. The police in Kunming, Hangzhou, and Yangshuo have been conducting security checks and random checks in foreign hotels in response to these cases.
Be Prepared to Face the Ministry of State Security (MASS) Inspection. On March 7, the MFA issued an announcement that it will impose an exit and entry ban on any foreign nationals who plans to travel to China between January 1 and February 12. This decision was made in response to reports of foreign tourists engaging in “unprofessional” business activities, a major reason for the recent wave of Chinese tourist stampedes. The ministry has also instructed its border departments to stop allowing travelers to enter China via certain disputed areas. The areas included are Dokaongsan, Chinese-claimed Inner Mongolia, and Kazakhistani within the past fourteen days.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consolidated Office released a statement on March 10, confirming the Chinese government’s actions. According to the media release, the Ministry is monitoring the situation and assessing the implications. The Ministry of State Security did not release a full list of names included in the travel advisory. However, The New York Times reported that the names of forty-two Chinese citizens were included in the advisory. The New York Times also reported that twenty-four of the forty-two individuals were dual citizens of the United Kingdom.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed regret over the travel advisory, stating that the “Chinese government does not exclude anybody in the travel visa procedure.” The ministry stated that it regrets the inclusion of the islands within the past twenty-eight days. The islands were notified in the past twenty-eight days that they would not be allowed entry. In addition, according to a spokesperson from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the islands will remain off limits during the Chinese New Year. He stated that the islands were not included in the People’s Republic of China’s list of numbered islands.
The Chinese government’s decision to impose travel ban on citizens of Hong Kong and China was announced on Jan. 9, with an effective date of Jan. 20. On that date, Chinese officials will inspect all Chinese foreign nationals who intend to enter China, and deny entry to anyone who is not Chinese. On Jan. 12, the United Kingdom released a similar statement, indicating that they had no plans to take part in the Chinese New Year travel inspection. The United Kingdom has remained mum on whether they will lift the ban effective Jan. 20 or wait until the Chinese government makes their announcement official. According to a spokesperson from the Hong Kong government, the decision was made because the Chinese government did not present proof that their new customs regulations would not harm the Hong Kong economy.
The United States and United Kingdom released statements saying that they have no plans to participate in the Chinese inspection, despite the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ announcement. Foreign tourists to China are required to have a valid exit and entry visa before leaving the country. The two governments expressed their desire to work together on the implementation of the new immigration policies. The US and UK expressed that they are willing to work with China on various issues, including the implementation of the new exit and entryban. The two countries plan to increase the number of Chinese tourists, with visa checks at more often intervals, to help increase the country’s tourism revenue. The increased tourism revenue will be primarily focused on the promotion of the Chinese market abroad.