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January 4, 2019

 
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U.S. Government Renews its Warning for U.S. Citizens Traveling to China 

 
 
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SITUATION 

This Thursday, the U.S. Government renewed its travel advisory regarding travels to China. This warning is the result of what the U.S. Government considers as the arbitrary enforcement of local laws and the detention of several U.S. and Canadian citizens without cause. 

While the advisory does not prompt the halt of all travels to China, it encourages American citizens to exercise extra caution when visiting China. The statement also indicated that dual U.S.-Chinese citizens or Americans of Chinese heritage are especially vulnerable to additional scrutiny by local authorities. 

In past months, Chinese authorities, not recognizing the dual citizenship, have prohibited U.S. citizens from returning home by using “exit bans,”said the U.S. State Department. In most cases, travelers become aware of the ban when attempting to board their return flight to the U.S and were detained without access to U.S. Consular services. 

ADVICE FOR TRAVELERS

If you travel to China: 

  • Enter China on your U.S. passport with a valid Chinese visa. Always keep both documents with you. 
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier for consular services to locate you.
  • Have all documents regarding your travel itinerary and the reason of your trip readily available. 
  • If you are arrested, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy.
  • Make sure family and friends know your travel plans and ask them to notify the U.S. Embassy if they don’t hear from you after a certain amount of time or upon your scheduled return date. 

HOW CAN ASSIST AMERICA HELP? 

Legal, Interpreter and Document Assistance: If you need legal, interpreter and document assistance, contact Assist America’s 24/7 Operation Center. Our team will be able to make referrals to qualified local legal counsels and interpreters. Assist America can also help with matters of lost or missing documents.

Emergency Message Transmission: Assist America also acts as a trustworthy intermediary to transmit emergency messages to consular services, family, friends and employers back home. 

 
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The content of this edition of AssistAlert is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace further investigation or personal observations. If you are planning travel, or are traveling in or proximate to the locations identified in this newsletter, you are encouraged to contact SecurAssist for additional information.


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