On September 23, a Chinese e-commerce businesswoman with an ‘I’m not a genius’ account posted footage on Twitter describing how she attempted to board a flight out of Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. She scrutinized repeatedly for an hour and almost couldn’t get on the plane. She posted footage online with a complaint, “It’s really too difficult to go abroad now.” 

The lady said, “Going abroad now is really not a pleasant thing, but a very serious incident.” 

At the airport, the woman and her partner went through several rounds of cross-examination. She said that police would arrive and question them about their reasons for traveling overseas even before checking luggage. If they said for international business, the police would persuade them to return. They had no chance to leave.

She let the police view her e-commerce company’s business license with a power of attorney by a co-owner in Thailand, among other qualifications. It took the police an hour to examine her documents before allowing her and her partner to take the flight.

She went to the police station to present her documents the day before the flight and sent all the information for review. The police station was the first level of the interrogation. The police station transmitted the information to the police on the outbound flights. After reading it, the police decide if the passengers are allowed to proceed to the customs area for border inspection and finally terminal hall.

The man traveling with her argued angrily with the police, “If it’s more than ten minutes later, we won’t be able to check in.” 

Finally, the lady sighed, “It is not easy to calm down at the boarding gate.”

She told Chinese netizens they couldn’t travel. And they would lose thousands of dollars. In addition, nobody would reimburse their airline ticket.

According to the woman, more than 200 passengers were on their flight. And the police did not approve passengers with traveling purposes to pass. They could not leave the country if they didn’t have enough documents.

The man who was accompanying her also spoke to the camera, saying, “It is really difficult to go abroad now, be sure to prepare all your documents and so on.”

On May 23, China’s National Immigration Administration announced via a press conference, Chinese citizens would not leave the country for “nonessential and non-emergency” situations. Regarding the notice, groups traveling abroad had also been suspended, and people were not encouraged to visit relatives abroad. 

Moreover, to stop overseas telephone scams and protect the security of clients’ property, Zhejiang Mobile stopped answering international, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao telephone numbers in May. 

Additionally, Henan Mobile, Henan Unicom, and Henan Telecom announced that since May 7, the international, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, and SMS receiving functions have been disabled by default.
According to Daily Economics News, Liaoning province implemented the closure of international and Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan SMS reception functions on January 25. Zhejiang and Guizhou provinces implemented it in August and November last year.

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