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Any Suggestions As to How to get together with relatives in China

Old Oct 25, 21, 10:48 pm
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Any Suggestions As to How to get together with relatives in China

My deceased wife was from Wuhan and my children (Son 20) and (Daughter 16) would like to visit their relatives. I assume there is no reasonable way to visit Wuhan. I am wondering whether members of the family (aunts and uncles and cousins) could potentially go to a place like Hong Kong and may be we could meet there. Haven't seen the family for 2 years. If anyone from the board has any ideas as to how we could meet, they would be appreciated.
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Old Oct 25, 21, 11:34 pm
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Originally Posted by DaileyB View Post
My deceased wife was from Wuhan and my children (Son 20) and (Daughter 16) would like to visit their relatives. I assume there is no reasonable way to visit Wuhan. I am wondering whether members of the family (aunts and uncles and cousins) could potentially go to a place like Hong Kong and may be we could meet there. Haven't seen the family for 2 years. If anyone from the board has any ideas as to how we could meet, they would be appreciated.
Yes they could visit Hong Kong or even the USA after 8 November. However, no matter where they go upon return to China they would need to undergo mandatory quarantine.
Your son could obtain a visa to China if he is willing to take the Sinovac vaccine which is available in Hong Kong and some other countries. Your daughter is not eligible for Sinovac because of her age.
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Old Oct 26, 21, 12:25 am
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The earliest the country will open up is after the winter olympics. Obviously, this is not guaranteed, but nothing will happen before.
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Old Oct 27, 21, 3:55 am
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There are also Hong Kong quarantine requirements in for international travelers entering Hong Kong.
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Old Oct 28, 21, 12:10 am
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The earliest the country will open up is after the winter olympics. Obviously, this is not guaranteed, but nothing will happen before.
Yes, and there is a certain, very important political meeting up north in October next year. I don't foresee any significant changes in HK or the Mainland unless COVID basically dies out before then.
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Old Oct 28, 21, 5:53 pm
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There are also Hong Kong quarantine requirements in for international travelers entering Hong Kong.
In HK, you can choose your own hotel, and you might be permitted to leave your room. Hotel selection is also possible in Shanghai if you can figure out how to swing VIP service, but I failed at this mission. But, at least I didn't get assigned to a 7 Days Inn. My biggest issue with my hotel was the prison feeling. Examples: 1. deliveries between 8a and noon (Times Grocery doesn't deliver until afternoon; we solved this problem), 2. getting ramen sent to the room required a day in advance booking; 3. trash pickup occurred at 7p sharp, and I leaving it in the hall wasn't an option; 4. the nurses stopped by at 6a every day (not a big deal); 5. no heating (they told me that this will no longer be an issue after Nov 1).
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Old Nov 1, 21, 12:43 am
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Thanks for everyone's help. Doesn't look like there is a practical way to do this. I will try to check around some more. Maybe I can stumble upon something.
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Old Nov 1, 21, 1:12 am
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Thanks for everyone's help. Doesn't look like there is a practical way to do this. I will try to check around some more. Maybe I can stumble upon something.
Even now, your plan is potentially doable, but with only if you are willing to endure considerable inconvenience, and cost. If the hotel q period gets reduced to 7 days after the Olympics, it would be a little more viable (the way I see it, you can jetlag yourself for the first ~3 days, 4 more won't make anyone too stir-crazy). Even in this scenario, I'd advocate a meeting place such as Thailand or Singapore. Then, only the Chinese relatives would have to undergo quarantine upon return to China. I suppose you could also invite the Chinese relatives to the US. In any event, I advise you to refrain from setting any plan into motion as long as the current rules are in place.
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Old Nov 3, 21, 11:44 am
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I have started thinking that maybe the best plan would be to invite family members to the US. When they return to Wuhan they will be quarantined in their own city, which is the least worst alternative that I see. The younger people in family would like to visit. No doubt the older people have little inclination to come to the US.
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Old Nov 3, 21, 5:39 pm
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Originally Posted by DaileyB View Post
I have started thinking that maybe the best plan would be to invite family members to the US. When they return to Wuhan they will be quarantined in their own city, which is the least worst alternative that I see. The younger people in family would like to visit. No doubt the older people have little inclination to come to the US.
I agree, I think this is the best plan. I know others in a similar situation and they are planning on something like this. Meeting in a third country (in Asia) is risky because the rules/regulations could change rapidly and that throws off the plan. Meeting in a third country in Europe is probably possible but then everyone is flying instead of just one group.

This obviously assumes that the relatives don't have visa problems entering the US. The Chinese passport is relatively weak so a potential Europe plan could also have visa issues.

If there are visa issues, the best potential 3rd country would be somewhere where
1) no visa needed for Chinese passport
2) no visa needed for US passport (much easier)
3) no entry or exit covid restrictions
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Old Nov 3, 21, 6:57 pm
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I agree, I think this is the best plan. I know others in a similar situation and they are planning on something like this. Meeting in a third country (in Asia) is risky because the rules/regulations could change rapidly and that throws off the plan. Meeting in a third country in Europe is probably possible but then everyone is flying instead of just one group.

This obviously assumes that the relatives don't have visa problems entering the US. The Chinese passport is relatively weak so a potential Europe plan could also have visa issues.

If there are visa issues, the best potential 3rd country would be somewhere where
1) no visa needed for Chinese passport
2) no visa needed for US passport (much easier)
3) no entry or exit covid restrictions
AFAIK, the EU has said that Chinese tourists will be allowed to visit once EU tourists are allowed to visit China. So that scuttles the EU plan.
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AFAIK, the EU has said that Chinese tourists will be allowed to visit once EU tourists are allowed to visit China. So that scuttles the EU plan.
In general that's true but there are exceptions. For the sake of being pedantic, I'll give one. One would need to find a country that is both a) accepting of anyone with vaccination and b) one that also accepts Sinovac/Sinopharm as valid vaccinations [hint: most European countries do not]. One potential answer is Spain.

https://www.spth.gob.es/info-pcr
country where vaccinated and date of vaccination with full schedule, at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain, with vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency or by the World Health Organisation
It is very important to note that Sinovac/Sinopharm are not accepted by the European Medicines Agency but they are accepted by the World Health Organization

https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesio.../nCov/spth.htm
Any third-country national will be subject to denial of entry, for reasons of public order or public health, unless they belong to one of the following categories:
j. Residents of third countries listed in the Annex. Escuchar Provided that they come directly from them, have transited exclusively through other countries included in the list or have carried out only international transits in airports located in countries that do not appear in the annex. For residents of China, , reciprocity is pending.
k.
Persons with a vaccination certificate, that the Ministry of Health recognizes for this purpose, after verification by the health authorities, as well as their accompanying minors (under 12 years of age). For persons resident in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland coming directly from this country, in addition to the vaccination certificate, diagnostic certificates of NAAT tests (nucleic acid amplification tests, e.g.: RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA, HAD, NEAR, CRISPR, SDA.....) will also be considered valid.
This is all to say you should probably avoid this and just meet in the US instead... If anyone doesn't have a Schengen visa this plan is dead in the water.
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Old Nov 3, 21, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by DaileyB View Post
I have started thinking that maybe the best plan would be to invite family members to the US. When they return to Wuhan they will be quarantined in their own city, which is the least worst alternative that I see.
This assumes there is a direct flight from somewhere in the US to Wuhan (I'm not sure, I haven't checked the latest). Current China regulations are that you must quarantine in the arrival city (and possibly again at your final destination).

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Old Nov 4, 21, 3:18 pm
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The other thing to throw into the mix... If the Chinese nationals don't happen to have a current valid passport there may be 'fun' trying to get it renewed, the PRC restricted the renewal of passports quite a while back unless you had a very compelling reason acceptable to the government. Not sure if these restrictions are still in place...
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Old Nov 5, 21, 11:16 pm
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Even more obstacles. Ugh. Working on doing something that would make sure something like 5 or 8 years don't go by until they can visit. I am really pessimistic because the vaccines only seem to be effective for about 6 months. If that is the case, Covid may never go away.
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