Government updates 'do not travel' warning for China amid security law
The Federal Government has warned Australians not to travel to China because they may face "arbitrary detention" under national security laws.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)'s Smart Traveller website reissued its advisory today, warning Australians of the possibility of quarantine and imprisonment if they enter China.
Australians were already being urged to avoid China due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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"China will not allow most foreigners to enter China. Direct flights between China and Australia have significantly reduced," the update says.
"If despite our advice you travel to China, you'll be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine. Quarantine requirements may change at short notice.
"If you're already in China, and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means.
"Authorities have detained foreigners because they're 'endangering national security'.
"Australians may also be at risk of arbitrary detention."
Australians are also currently banned from leaving the country for travel overseas unless granted an exemption by the Department of Home Affairs.
The Smart Traveller website has also warned that security levels in China's Xinjiang region is currently unstable due to Himalayas border tensions with India.
The update comes less than a month after a clash in the Himalayas that left 20 Indian soldiers dead.
The government also urged any Australian travellers in China to avoid any protests or interferences in the country's justice process.
"The Chinese Government strictly controls demonstrations. Authorities may arrest protesters. Avoid protests and large gatherings. Don't photograph or video protests," the update says.
The Chinese government last week passed a tough national security law to govern the semi-autonomous Hong Kong, bypassing the territory's Legislative Council and approving the change without public consultation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at the time that his government is considering an offer of safe haven to Hong Kong residents threatened by the move, while Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the laws threatened Hong Kong's judicial independence and the rights and freedoms of its people.