- Dec 20, 2018
Yea I'm a nobody so I don't think there is reason to be concerned. But I wish I didn't even have to think about it.Some concern but it also depends on your tolerance for risk when traveling.
China occasionally imprisons people to use as bargaining chips in negotiations abroad. Most people are unlikely to be affected but you will be in higher risk if you work in press, politics, law, humanitarian aid, or business and have expressed unfavorable opinions of China. You may also be targeted if they think you can be used as leverage to convince a person they wish to prosecute or a foreign government to act in a certain way. I personally know some Christian missionaries who have been arrested or put under government surveillance while in China but also some who have not had any problems.
If any of the above applies to you, I would avoid China as long as tensions are high with the US. I am reconsidering a trip to Shanghai Disneyland but for most Americans there's no reason to fear China any more than Latin America or Europe right now.
It's not. It's a political posturing contest right now, it doesn't actually mean there's any problem getting into or out of China. The only reason I might worry is if you are planning on doing any political or religious activities while there that could be considered "activism." Or if you do something else illegal like the idiot who was trafficking some absurd quantity of meth and recently had his sentence increased. My partner and I just took a trip to China and exited twice, never with any problem. No one we saw in line at either airport had any problems getting through, either. In fact, the only issue we had was temporarily getting back into China from HK (over land) because my visa picture was old and I've gained weight so my face didn't look the same! Even then, it was a delay of 5 minutes and nothing further. As you pointed out, most of Europe is listed as a level 2 as well and no one says not to go there.Is this really something to worry about? I found plane tickets for so incredibly cheap we are considering a trip. But this is giving me a bit of pause since we will be traveling with our young daughter. To be fair I see a lot of europe is also a level 2 and we have a big trip planned in the fall but exit ban just sounds scary.
What if you've been to Tibet in the past?As long as you stay out of politically sensitive regions (ie Tibet and Xinjiang provinces), avoid talking politics or religion, and don't photograph or get too close to military bases, you should be fine. I can't imagine them detaining you if you keep your mouth shut on the above mentioned topics and stick to tourist-y stuff while in China.
If they took umbridge with that, more than likely they'd deny you a visa to enter the country. It's easier and far cheaper than detaining you after arrival for them. That being said, I'd advise a visit to the Chinese embassy or consulate where you live as they would know better than me.What if you've been to Tibet in the past?
My visa is still good for China from that trip. Unless they decide to take it away.If they took umbridge with that, more than likely they'd deny you a visa to enter the country. It's easier and far cheaper than detaining you after arrival for them. That being said, I'd advise a visit to the Chinese embassy or consulate where you live as they would know better than me.