Badly behaved Chinese tourists face international travel ban amid crackdown on anti-social conduct
China is poised to ban travel at home and abroad for badly behaved and “untrustworthy” citizens who are “damaging the image of the Chinese people”.
Whether this is good or bad news for Sri Lanka, for which China is the second-biggest tourism source market after India, remains to be seen.
But it could soon be the reality as Chinese travellers with bad ‘social credit’ might soon be banned ban from international travel under the government’s new diktat.
The website Travel Daily cites a Chinese National Development and Reform Commission report that examples of acts that will earn you bad ‘social credit’ include causing trouble on flights.
This follows increasing reports worldwide about the unruly, disruptive and antisocial behavior of some Chinese tourists, particularly the over-privileged children of rich and powerful Chinese politicians and oligarchs.
Thus ‘social credit’ is poised to become a major factor in the lives of every Chinese amid fears that it will dictate all aspects of life, including the right to travel.
The new system will be in full effect from May 1 as part of a plan to create a system to promote discipline among travellers based on the principle ‘once untrustworthy, always restricted’.
This is just part of a wider plan to be rolled out by 2020. Every act, from how Chinese treat their parents to what they buy, will affect social credit.
Government officials have claimed that this will “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven, while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step”.
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