Foreigner Pays 10,000 Yuan to Leave China! Why?

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On January 14, during an inspection on a flight from Nanjing to Vancouver, the border staff stopped a foreigner from exiting for illegally staying in China.

It was understood that on the noon of the day, a foreign woman was stopped by the border staff as she was found illegally staying in China for 31 days. Per her passport, she entered China on August 16, 2019, from Nanjing Lukou International Airport holding a Q2 visa which allowed her to stay in the country for 120 days. However, up to January 14, 2020, she had stayed for 151 days, that was to say, 31 days illegally.

Afterwards, the border authority imposed a fine of 10,000 Yuan on the woman according to law, and later she was allowed to leave after paying the fine.

Per the Nanjing border inspector, according to the first paragraph of Article 78 of the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the Peoples Republic of China:

If a foreign passenger has completed a Chinese visa and stays illegally for the first time, he / she will be given a warning within ten days. If the passenger stays illegally for more than ten days, he / she will be fined 500 Yuan per day starting from the 11th day, with a total amount of not more than 10000 Yuan.

The authority also reminded that foreigners in China must pay attention to the period of stay and validity of their passports and Chinese visas. In case of overdue stay, they should handle the extension procedures with the local entry-exit department in time to avoid unnecessary troubles and economic losses.

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