China Travel Advisory Raised to Level 2 by U.S. State Department
04 Jan 2019
The U.S. State Department raised their travel advisory alert on January 3rd, 2019 from Level 1: "Exercise Normal Precautions" to Level 2: "Exercise Increased Caution".
The announcement cites arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals as the reason for the lift. "Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years."
U.S. citizens may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention for reasons related to “state security.” Security personnel may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese government.
If you decide to travel to China, the announcement advises that you enter China on your U.S. passport with a valid Chinese visa and keep it with you and that if you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or the nearest consulate immediately.
The nearest consulate to Shenzhen is the U.S. Embassy in Guangzhou:
Huaxia Road, Zhujiang New Town, (near Exit B1 of the Zhujiang New Town subway station, Line 3 and Line 5), Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China
广州市天河区珠江新城华就路43号 邮编 510623
Emergency: 020-3814 5775
If you're an American living in Shenzhen and have questions about this or any other topics, join the U.S. Citizens' Q & A Meetup Thursday January 10th at Terrace in Sea World. The event will be facilitated by official Consular Liaison Volunteers and is free to join.
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