The National Immigration Administration of China announced last week that it would temporarily stop issuing entry and exit documents to Chinese citizens.

Key Points:

  • As of Aug. 4, the Chinese government stopped issuing passports and entry and exit documents to Chinese citizens for nonessential and nonemergency travel.
  • The suspension includes ordinary passports, permits and endorsements for travel both to and from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
  • Chinese citizens who have confirmed overseas studies, employment or business will not be affected by the travel document suspension.

Additional Information: Chinese authorities have issued a total of 335,000 passports in the first half of 2021. This accounts for only 2% of the total number of passports that were issued in the same period of 2019.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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