China Curbs Teachers’ Overseas Travel, Recalls Passports ‘Nationwide’

China is issuing an effective travel ban to teachers in its elementary and secondary schools, recalling their passports in some locations ahead of the National Day holiday this week, RFA has learned.

Teachers in the southeastern province of Fujian, the eastern province of Shandong and the northern region of Inner Mongolia have all received an official notice informing them that any plans they have for overseas travel must first be approved by the authorities.

Teachers in the coastal city of Xiamen and Shandong’s Tai’an city have been ordered to hand in their passports and any entry permits for the former European colonial territories of Hong Kong and Macau, sources told RFA.

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