Travelling to China – The Latest Outbreak of Polio
The latest outbreak of the polio virus, Omicron COVID-19, has forced a de facto citywide lockdown in Shanghai. Basic services have been suspended and public transport and non-essential private travel has been suspended. For your own safety, you should carry a personal protective equipment (PPE) kit and be aware of the latest outbreak information. If you have the flu, you should take precautions before travelling to China, especially if you live in endemic areas.
The US, Canada, and UK have flights to Beijing and Shanghai from May to November. Flights to Guangzhou and Xiamen are also available. From Toronto, you can fly to Guangzhou, Beijing, or Chengdu. Paris, Milan, and Frankfurt also offer flights to Beijing, Tianjin, and Guangzhou. Kuala Lumpur has direct flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Xiamen.
The weather is generally good in China, but you should still use sunscreen. The air quality in major cities can be unreliable, so you should be cautious when sightseeing outdoors. Remember to stay hydrated, as Chinese authorities have been battling environmental problems for years. High temperatures and lack of sweat are signs of heatstroke and should be monitored closely. Also, be sure to check for typhoons and monsoons. Flooding can occur around rivers, so make sure to plan your trip accordingly.
While you should not be worried about getting scammed, China is a relatively safe country to travel in. There is no need to worry about crowds, although you should be alert and aware at all times. Despite the fact that crime is largely nonexistent in China, there are still small risks. Travelers should be aware of the laws and be vigilant. Always keep an extra US dollar in your purse or money belt. Make sure that you carry your passport with you. Also, make sure you carry your insurance policy details and passport photocopies.
For your own safety and security, you should always carry a passport. The Chinese authorities may place an exit ban on you, which you won’t know about until you attempt to leave the country. New Zealand citizens should also be aware of the strict national security laws in China. Chinese laws are usually interpreted broadly, and if you do not have clear evidence of your Chinese citizenship, you may not be able to receive consular assistance from New Zealand.
If you are planning a trip to China, check with your local Chinese embassy for the latest restrictions. It is advisable to follow all of the instructions provided on the travel websites of the Chinese authorities before you leave for the country. A reputable travel website will also help you avoid any trouble. The government is always prepared to address any issues that might arise. It is best to follow the advice of an expert before you embark on any overseas trip.
If you are travelling alone, take precautions. Be sure to stay in well-lit areas and keep your valuables secure. If possible, travel with a group. In addition to travel insurance, you should also register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade SafeTravel website to prevent identity theft. You should also avoid the risk of smuggling drugs. A good travel insurance policy will protect you in case of an emergency. If you are traveling with children, consider purchasing a comprehensive travel insurance plan that will provide coverage for medical emergencies.
Be careful while you are traveling in China. While food and transport are cheap, accommodation and entry fees can be expensive. Entry fees have reached a high international level but the central government is working to lower them. The cost of accommodation and transport vary according to the region, with some cities as expensive as the US and Europe. The cost of living in the eastern provinces is high by Chinese standards, while prices drop further west. This is an excellent option for anyone looking for a cheaper price.
Be sure to purchase travellers’ cheques for use in China. These can be replaced in case of loss or theft, and they have a slightly better exchange rate than cash. However, you will need to buy them in advance. Keep in mind that you can only exchange travellers’ cheques at Bank of China branches and tourist hotels. Make sure your cheques are in mint condition and crisp. Otherwise, they can be ripped off. However, the exchange rate will still be slightly better than with cash.