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U.S. Issues Travel Advisory Update For These 3 Asian Destinations

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Asia is full of so many amazing destinations that it's hard to choose one when looking for a vacation on this side of the globe.

Many opt for the cultural paradise of Thailand, while some go more off the grid, such as Vietnam. Wherever you decide to go in Asia, you really can’t go wrong.

Regardless of where you book your trip, it's always important to have a heads-up on safety matters in that particular place.

In this case, the United States State Department just issued travel advisory updates for 3 separate destinations in Asia.

female tourist in hong kong

Here is what travelers should know:

Hong Kong: Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution

Hong Kong has been taking over headlines lately by coming up with creative ways to become a powerhouse in the tourism industry again.

After implementing very strict COVID rules, they have loosened up and want to invite the world over to see what an awesome place it is.

hong kong harbor

If you have plans to book a trip to Hong Kong any time soon, travelers should be aware the State Dept. has issued a Level 2 travel advisory.

All this means is to make yourself more aware of certain scenarios when visiting. In particular, Hong Kong does not recognize dual citizenship.

There have been political demonstrations held lately where arrests have been made. Those who are of both Chinese and U.S. descent may be targeted for further questioning and even detainment.

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The Hong Kong SAR government does not take kindly to outsiders taking part in these demonstrations. It is best to steer clear of large gatherings forming in the streets.

Some important tips to stay safe in Hong Kong:

  • Keep a low profile
  • Do not take photographs of demonstrations or police offers
  • If you are detained, request to contact the U.S. Consulate

Macau: Level 3 – Reconsider Travel

Macau has become more than just its gambling hub reputation, as it is one of the hottest destinations in Asia right now.

macau streets at night

However, with the recent advisory from the State Dept., it is being advised to reconsider traveling to Macau.

Some of the reasons behind the latest update are arbitrary enforcement of their laws, as well as the U.S.'s lack of ability to provide certain consular services to those in need.

Like Hong Kong, Macau does not recognize dual nationalities. It's important for those of multi-national descent to be extra vigilant of their whereabouts to avoid unnecessary confrontations.

Demonstrations have also been held in Macau, so it is best to avoid them if you are in the area.

macau skyline at night

Some important tips for staying safe in Macau:

Mainland China: Level 3 – Reconsider Travel

Needless to say, China has been a hot topic in the news for over 3 years straight. Without rehashing details we are all aware of for the past few years, it's unfortunate all the talk about China ignores some truly astonishing destinations in this massive country.

great wall of china and rolling green hills

A big reason for that is that China has not been welcoming tourists for quite some time. Although, they have eased up on some entry restrictions.

For those who decide to make their way to China, the State Department is concerned with wrongful detentions and arbitrary enforcement of their laws.

Those who are detained may not have access to U.S. assistive services and may not even be informed of their alleged crime.

Another key concern is potential “exit bans”, where the U.S. would have restricted ability to assist U.S. citizens being faced with forceful tactics while unable to leave.

traditional buildings in chengdu china

The U.S. also warns against speaking negatively of the country on any social media platforms or through any messages on your computer or phone. Inspections of your person and belongings can occur at random.

Those of Chinese or U.S. descent need to be extra watchful of their actions, as they can also become a target, just like in Macau and Hong Kong.

Some important tips to stay safe in China:

  • Do not take drugs before or after arriving, as it can result in immediate arrest, harsh fines, or deportation
  • Avoid demonstrations
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Swee Lin Lim

Wednesday 5th of July 2023

When adopting a clean slated papyri on a clash between normative universe,most unfortunate outcome of lacking in breath of analysis and in turn effectuated on situational possibilities.Long stays,no, outside of visa stated length of stay,short stays at what short notice on black letter visa for travellers Americans in to China and Chinese nationals abroad/travelling...a first question on conversations.

GetOutOfMyCountry

Monday 3rd of July 2023

East Asia, where geeky, thirsty, dateless, sexless, broke, unattractive white males go looking for their fantasy OREE-ENUL wifu. Local women will literally run away from them.

Pink Dahlia

Monday 3rd of July 2023

I have quite a few friends that are from various countries who are either students or have immigrated here to the U.S. in the past 10, 20, 30 years. I hear good and bad things but mostly hear about the bad with communism especially in China and Russia — and they’re afraid to speak negatively about their homeland on any form of social media platform. Dictators who rule by fear have a majority seeking change. The U.S. has its flaws, as with every country, and there are many freedoms that people take for granted.

Yes, sadly there are issues with crime in certain cities, drugs, homelessness, and there has always been and will be some people in society who are prejudice and bigoted towards others from every type of ethnicity. The larger the population of diverse people gets the more some will clash over things like how people look and behave, over politics, religion, etc… people have their own views about things that they are free to express.

From what I hear from those who’ve immigrated here is that people want to live in America because of the opportunities. The freedom of expression, to create, innovative, etc… the way I see it is, if you don’t like where you live, move to wherever you thrive the most, although that may difficult because of various reasons it isn’t always impossible.

Anti US

Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Another way of the dirty USA to slander china because they can't win the fair way.

Singkit Dude

Monday 3rd of July 2023

@Andy,you STFU...what are you on right now?! What the H are you talking about?!😒 Been to China many times and me and my family never felt what you are saying. We feel a lot safer than other countries/cities (sadly, on top is the US) that I've been to.

Xf

Monday 3rd of July 2023

How dare you US has belped make lot of money in your countries!!

I would never go to any of those countries they can and do lie arresting U.S. citizens for any reason they want and get away with it.

Widow of 40 years married he passed away last month and i have incurable St 4 lymph node. I wont be around for long, always believed in honesty. I have sooo much to say about so many world issues and even U.S. problems we have within our country but would only say to correct organization. Like EVERY OTHER COUNTRY N O N E ARE PERFECTi

Andy

Monday 3rd of July 2023

@Anti US, you ever been to China? No. It sucks. The most rigid totalitarian regimes going. The fair way? Oh please STFU

Andrew

Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Don't spread the untrue. Western media are sick and revengeful. Very sad.