China Is Restricting Citizens From Leaving, US Citizens Included

Passengers wearing facemasks check their health code with a sheet held by an aiport staff (R) before the counter area following preventive procedures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, on June 11, 2020. (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)

News Analysis

China is restricting people from leaving the country, and even U.S. permanent residents or U.S. citizens have been caught by this campaign.

Over the course of 2021, many Chinese netizens shared on social media their difficulties when applying for passports. For those who had the travel documents, during the exit inspections at the airports, officials asked them difficult questions and carefully checked their passports and visas, some netizens recounted. One even said that their passport was torn by the inspector on the spot.

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