The National Immigration Administration of China strictly and rigorously examines people’s entry and exit. The picture shows the departure hall of Terminal 1 of Beijing Capital International Airport.Figure: Retrieved from Wikipedia
After Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered “dynamic clearing”, China’s National Immigration Administration emphasized on the 10th that it is necessary to strictly implement strict and strict entry and exit policies, strictly restrict non-essential exit activities of Chinese citizens, and strictly approve and issue exit and entry documents. . Recently, there have been frequent reports on the Internet that some Chinese tourists have their passports cut at Chinese customs, and some even have their green cards cut.
On August 4, 2021, officials from China’s National Immigration Administration announced that in order to prevent the importation of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, China will strictly restrict the cross-border movement of “non-emergency and non-essential personnel”. For non-essential and non-emergency exits, entry-exit documents such as ordinary passports will not be issued for the time being, and the implementation of this policy has not been relaxed.
The WeChat public account of the National Immigration Administration of China reported yesterday (12) that Xu Ganlu, secretary of the party group and director of the National Immigration Administration, presided over a party group meeting on the afternoon of the 10th, conveying that Xi Jinping listened to the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee on the current epidemic situation and the next steps. Important speeches in the prevention and control work report, etc., study and implement the opinions.
The meeting emphasized that at the critical and urgent juncture of epidemic prevention and control, we must unswervingly implement the general strategy of “preventing imports from abroad and preventing rebound from within”, unswervingly adhere to the general policy of “dynamic clearing”, and always put epidemic prevention and control as the top priority. Among them, give full play to the role of immigration management and win new victories in the epidemic prevention and control battle.
The meeting also called for “strictly implement strict and strict entry and exit policies, strictly restrict non-essential exit activities of Chinese citizens, and strictly approve and issue exit and entry documents.” It is necessary to strictly control the border ports, strictly prevent the stranded overseas people from gathering at the border, and illegal entry into the epidemic, to ensure that people, objects, and the environment are prevented and controlled simultaneously, and the hidden dangers of problems are dynamically cleared. Finally, the meeting mentioned that it is necessary to strictly implement various measures for epidemic prevention and control, consolidate and expand the strategic achievements of epidemic prevention and control; to fully cooperate to win the battle to defend the Greater Shanghai, “Put Beijing as the top priority, strictly implement Beijing The joint prevention and control mechanism requires strong support for Beijing’s epidemic prevention and control work.”
In addition, the epidemic in China has been repeated, and the government has continued to tighten people’s travel abroad. Recently, it has even been reported that airport border guards directly cut people’s passports. According to media reports such as “Free Asia”, Chinese border guards have recently stepped up their interrogation of people entering and leaving the country, asking about details of their lives overseas, and even “cutting passports” at every turn. And Chinese study abroad brokers revealed that the authorities have stopped issuing passports for elementary and middle school students to go abroad.
Since the outbreak in 2020, China will no longer issue passports for overseas travel. By August 2021, the Immigration Bureau stated that it will not issue entry-exit documents such as ordinary passports for the time being; however, applications for study abroad, employment, business, etc. will be accepted immediately. However, now Chinese citizens with documents may also be stopped at customs. A Chinese netizen shared a screenshot on social media, showing that the security unit at Shanghai Pudong Terminal ordered that “anyone who has hatred for the country and the party will not be allowed to leave the country” and “anyone who has malicious motives for leaving the country will be destroyed on the spot ( documents)”, “Strictly prevent fish that slip through the net”.
In addition, some netizens complained that he went to Canada to study on a study visa. When he left the country, the border inspectors still asked him why he went to Canada, and also asked if the school had “offline courses”. After the netizens answered that the current course was online, the passport was cut directly; there are also screenshots of WeChat chat showing that someone left the country from Guangzhou, and as a result, the US green card was cut.
China defines “non-essential outbound activities” to refer to overseas tourism, family visits, etc. Those who really need to go abroad for study, employment, business, etc. will be released after strict verification and verification.
After Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered “dynamic clearing”, China’s National Immigration Administration emphasized on the 10th that it is necessary to strictly implement strict and strict entry and exit policies, strictly restrict non-essential exit activities of Chinese citizens, and strictly approve and issue exit and entry documents. .
Recently, there have been frequent reports on the Internet that some Chinese tourists have their passports cut at Chinese customs, and some even have their green cards cut.
Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Dazhi Image/Associated Press (file photo)