• China Policy on Foreigners: No Discrimination

At a press conference held by Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in Beijing, a Rueters reporter asked for a response to some concerns that foreigners were being denied enty to various spas, gyms, bars and stores across China. This was her official reply (as reported by the China Daily on 3rd April):

"Speaking at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday, Hua said all people in China, both Chinese and foreign citizens, are treated equally in terms of epidemic control measures and regulations.

"The regulations aim to safeguard the life and health of every individual in China, as well as maintain public safety," she said.

Laws and regulations, including the Law on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, should be strictly observed by all foreigners in China, she added."

From this, we can assume that there have been no direct instances of Government departments telling local enterprises and offices to deny foreigners entry in Hunan and Changsha based on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in China.

In addition, WNIC can proudly report that the Changsha Government has already investigated and in some cases even reprimanded some of the enterprises that have refused entry to foreigners where those enterprises cited local Government announcements or rules. 

We can also confirm that Changsha Government, along with Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying's recent clarification on the matter, that such actions are contrary to the Government's position on foreigners who live in China. If foreigners experience any such discriminatory practices anywhere in Changsha here are two hotlines which you can call:

  • Foreign Expert Service Department of Science and Technology Bureau in Changsha: 0731-88666716 (for those who have a valid work permit).

  • Alternatively, you can contact the The Foreign Affairs Office on 88665352). Foreign students are advised to contact their colleges/universities in the first instance.

Please note that these phone numbers have been passed on to WNIC by the Changsha Govermment. 

To read the original article hit 'Read More' at the end of this article in Chinese (it might also be worth showing the original article to any staff at enterprises should you encounter any discriminatory policies).

It should also be noted that foreigners must comply with all measures taken to contain and prevent disease control and may be asked to show their mobile phone health code on demand.

  • Missed our article about the health code? Check it out here!

Source 1: https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202004/03/WS5e8693b9a31012821728422d.html

Source 2: http://finance.ifeng.com/c/7vL7mrSv8XL

Source 3: Changsha City Foreign Affairs Department

  • National Mourning Silence on 4th April

"China will hold a national mourning Saturday for martyrs who died in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and compatriots died of the disease, according to the State Council.

During the commemoration, national flags will fly at half-mast across the country and in all Chinese embassies and consulates abroad, and public recreational activities will be suspended across the country.

At 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Chinese people nationwide will observe three minutes of silence to mourn for the diseased, while air raid sirens and horns of automobiles, trains and ships will wail in grief"

Source: www.china.org.cn

  • Tomb Sweeping Day on 4th April

Qingming Festival (also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day), which falls on either April 4th or 5th of the gregorian calendar, is one of China's most important national festivals. From that date temperatures begin to rise and rainfall increases, indicating that it is the crucial time for plowing and sowing in the spring. The festival therefore has a close relationship with agriculture. However, it is not only a seasonal symbol; it is also a day of paying respect to the dead, a spring outing, and other activities. It is usually a 3-day long-weekend festival.

Source: www.travelchinaguide.com

  • Get your visa extended in Changsha

You can head to the main Exit&Entry Administration building in the South of the city:

You may contact with the Citizens' Registration and Exit&Entry Administration Office of Changsha Public Security Bureau (). The contact number is 0731-82290001
Add.: southwest of intersection of Xiangzhang Road and Guitang Road, Yuhua District, Changsha ()

Check out the WNIC article on all the detials HERE

Source: http://en.changsha.gov.cn/study/qa/201904/t20190412_3302328.html

  • The Reopening of Changsha's Schools

"Changshas primary and secondary schools, and kindergartens will resume classes in 4 batches, according to a spring semester work plan issued by the Changsha COVID-19 Prevention and Control Headquarters.

The first batch of schools will resume classes on April 7, including graduating classes of junior and senior high schools, college entrance examination cram sessions, and graduating classes in vocational schools.

The second batch of schools will start classes on April 13, including other classes of junior and senior high schools, and the third grade of special education schools.

The third batch includes other grades of primary schools and vocational schools.

The fourth batch includes kindergartens, special education schools, and training institutions. The opening time of the third and fourth batches will be announced separately.

Colleges and universities should open after primary and secondary schools. The precise opening date should be based on local epidemic situations, approved by local epidemic prevention and control authorities, and reported to the Hunan Department of Education 5 days in advance. The opening date of non-academic institutions of higher education (specialized colleges) should be in conformity with that of universities.

The children of foreigners can return to school after reporting to local epidemic prevention and control authorities for approval, based on actual situation. During the epidemic, off-campus trusteeship is prohibited.

According to the plan, teachers should wear medical masks when giving lectures. Canteen staff, shop owners, security guards, and school doctors are required to wear medical masks. Students should have their masks worn on their way to schools or homes by public transport. After arriving at schools, students should wear masks in the classroom. In outdoor areas, sports grounds, and other places with large distances between people, masks are not compulsory. Schools will prepare spare masks for poor students and the students who fail to buy masks."



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