On Monday, March 23, Chinese authorities announced stricter measures to guard the country against a rise in imported cases of the novel coronavirus and a rebound in domestically transmitted cases in response to changes in the epidemic situation following promising signs of improvements nationwide.
"Preventing imported cases is a top priority of our current work," said Song Yueqian, an official of the General Administration of Customs, at a press conference in Beijing yesterday.
Among such measures, any individual who misleads and conceals their health conditions will be prosecuted accordingly.
National ports have also adopted an updated health declaration form requested from anyone entering and leaving the country to facilitate the accurate collection of information from travelers and passenger, according to Song.
Foreigners who misrepresent their information will not be allowed to enter the country.
Considering the worsening situation of the COVID-19 disease worldwide, what types of information should foreign travelers be ready to provide upon entering China? And what consequences do they face if they decide not to cooperate?
In accordance with China's entry-exit laws and regulations, foreign travelers entering the country must first show their valid passports or other international travel documents, valid visas issued by Chinese visa agencies stationed abroad or other certificates of entry permits. They will then go through the prescribed procedures and pass the examination of the border inspection authorities at the port before they can enter the country.
Based on truly unique circumstances affecting nations across the world, including China, the immigration administration requires all foreign travelers to truthfully fill in the required information in their entry form, including key contact person to call once allowed in, the address of the place where they will be staying, and any other information regarding their entire journey in China, including the route they will be taking should they visit several places.
Anyone refusing to abide by the above-mentioned rules will not be allowed to enter China.
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As of Monday, March 23, all inbound international flights to Beijing will be required to land at any of the 12 designated points of entry, including Tianjin and Hohhot in Inner Mongolia.
Foreign passengers are reminded to check any potential changes of the itinerary if they have a layover in Beijing and their final destination is in another country.
Should passengers face difficulties and not be allowed to transfer through the Beijing capital airport out of the country, Chinas border control authorities will handle the return of their luggage and other personal items.
With that in mind, it is highly suggested that travelers choose their flight itinerary very carefully to avoid any potential disruptions in their travel plans. If changing flights in Beijing is necessary, they should allow for enough transfer time to avoid missing their connecting flight.
While such measures may seem drastic, it is imperative to ensure everyones health is safe during such troubling times. Considering the millions of passengers traveling in and out of Beijing, please stay informed on any changes of regulations and traveling restrictions before taking off towards your final destination.
Editor: Crystal H