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Individual tourism abroad not encouraged
Published on: 2022-05-24
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Due to COVID-19 concerns, China continues to discourage unnecessary individual tourism abroad but people of special needs such as work resumption will certainly be given support, China’s National Immigration Administration (NIA) said Monday, debunking some media reports claiming China imposed a de facto international travel ban.
 

“The pandemic is still in prevalence with virus continues to mutate. International travels are of high risks… as international flights are yet to fully resume, travel-goers would face high risk of contracting with the virus if they stuck overseas,” Liu Haitao from NIA said at Monday’s press conference.
 

The aim is to protect health and lives of residents and safeguard the hard-won epidemic achievements that the country has made, Liu said.
 

Though group tourism to foreign countries will continue to be suspended; individual tourism abroad is also not recommended, but people of special needs will certainly be given support, the official said.
 

In detail, immigration administration authorities at all levels will continue to offer outbound and inbound service for foreign or domestic enterprises, personnel who go for production resumption; Those who go abroad for special needs such as participation in key projects, working, business, study or academic communications or visiting family members will be given special support. In emergence cases, their applications could even be processed swiftly.
 

At the conference, Liu also said reports claiming immigration authorities were confiscating or cutting off corners of residency cards issued by foreign countries and passports are fabricated.
 

Reports saying passports and residency cards of some people in Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport were confiscated when they travelled to France are totally fabricated, either time, location or reasons of the matter, according to the official.
 

Liu gave two more examples at the conference – a resident surnamed Zhang from Guangzhou cooked up false information saying passports of people were cut off when flying back from a foreign country to Beijing; some reports claimed residency cards of people issued by foreign countries were cut off. Relevant people were punished accordingly by public security organs.
 

The NIA official’s detailed response came after some rumors surrounding passenger passports or green cards being confiscated when entering or exiting the country to prevent them from leaving the country which attempts to undermine China's COVID-19 prevention measures and regulations.
 

Immigration authorities would only cut off corners of certificates used for exit and entry if they were officially declared invalid, for the purpose of protecting certificate owners’ rights to avoid being taken by others. The act conforms to international practice of many countries, Liu said.
 

China’s current COVID-19 resurgence is still “severe and complicated” with domestic clustered outbreaks still occurring, said Mi Feng, the spokesperson from National Health Commission.
 

不鼓励个人出国旅游,充分保障紧急必要出入境需求

国家移民管理局边防检查管理司司长刘海涛5月23日在国务院联防联控机制发布会上表示,当前国际旅行风险依然较高,不鼓励个人出国旅游,公民尽量做到非必要非紧急不出境。各级移民管理机构将继续积极保障服务境内外的企业、中外人员复工复产及其他合理的出入境需求。
 

对紧急必要出入境事由如出国境参加防疫抗议、医疗救助、运送救灾物资、生产生活物资;参与重点工程项目及有组织劳务派遣、就业;从事商务,科研、留学、考试、学术交流活动;就医照顾探望危重病人,处理亲属丧事等必要事由,移民管理机构将及时受理审批出入境证件,特别紧急的还将提供绿色通道。
 

同时,对申请前往战乱动荡,局势紧张等国家和地区的加强提醒劝导,对持有无效证件的,依法阻止出境,对涉嫌出境从事电诈、赌博以及涉毒涉黑等活动的依法深入调查。

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