2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Six types of foreigners not welcome for the Olympics

The dirty six - click to enlarge

On Monday, the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee (BOCOG) issued a set of "legal guidelines" for foreigners visiting China during the Games, including a list of six types of foreigners that are not welcome. Shanghaiist and The Wall Street Journal's China blog have summarized the key points (see links below).

But it must be said that The Shanghai Daily did a better job of describing the rules, at least if comic timing is the measure:

China bans sex workers, terrorists during Olympics

Overseas visitors suspected of working in the sex trade, of smuggling drugs or belonging to a terrorist organization will not be allowed to enter China during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, organizers of the Games said today.

After September, things will revert to normal.

Foreigners with mental or epidemic diseases, including tuberculosis and leprosy, will also not be issued visas to visit China, the Organizing Committee said in a circular published on its official Website.

Entry would be banned to anyone with "subversive" intent upon arriving in China, according to the rule.

"Foreigners must respect Chinese laws while in China and must not harm China's national security or damage social order," the rule states.

The pamphlet, in Chinese only, also banned foreigners from carrying weapons, replica guns, ammunition, explosives, drugs, and dangerous species.

Publications as well as computer storage devices with content harmful to China's politics, cultures, morals and economy are also prohibited, the circular said.

However, visiting foreigners may bring one pet during their visit.

But even the Shanghai Daily report did not list, one by one, the six types of foreigners not welcome. This is a translation of the list of the unwelcome foreigners (the original Chinese is linked below and in the screen shot above):

1. People who have been deported or prohibited from entering China by the Chinese government.

2. Those who are suspected might commit acts of terrorism, violence or subversion after entering China. 

3. Those who are suspected might engage in smuggling, drug dealing or prostitution after entering China.
4. Those suffering from mental disorders or insanity, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis or other infectious diseases. 

5. Those who cannot guarantee their ability to support themselves financially while in China. 

6. Those who are suspected might engage in any acts that threaten the security or interests of China.

So it's pretty clear: No hookers, pimps, dealers, terrorists, activists, revolutionaries, missionaries, demonstrators, pornographers, gun nuts, maniacs, sufferers of mental diseases, carriers of infectious diseases, poisonous snake collectors, beggars or drunkards.

But the rest of you are welcome in Beijing in August 2008.

And you can bring Fido.

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Can we come back after the Olympics?

So it's on the website in Chinese? Very useful.

"mental or epidemic diseases" ? I wonder what the definition of a mental disease is.

I wash my hands maybe 20 times a day, am I banned from entry?

re: #s 2, 4, 5, & 6:

does this mean that danwei.org will be shut down for the duration of the olympics?

uh, what a relief.
I feel really lucky since I'm already in (not in the list, I mean, in beijing!). :)

lol to the first comment, ehe heh eh

Numbers 2 and 3 display a masterful use of the passive voice. Depending on prevailing paranoia levels in the Middle and Southern Lakes region, the whole human race could be guilty! Probably is!

"Legal guidelines"... is that sort of like a "cheese food product"?

The funny thing is,,I bet these are current laws,,not just for the Olympics. But in China its not about the law,,but what laws are being enforced.

Anyway I thought the border police last year were talking about visa free entry as long as you had Olympic tickets,,guess they changed their minds on that one.

The organising committee also said:

"We would like to express our deepest apologies to those organisations, athletes with disabilities and friends who were offended."

The publication had advised that people with disabilities "can be stubborn and controlling; they may be sensitive and struggle with trust issues.

"Sometimes they are overly protective of themselves, especially when they are called 'crippled' or 'paralysed'."

No big fuss about it. It's just the kind of people who are not welcomed in any civil countries.

Will their be any attempt to prevent those with mental illnesses or STDs entering China?

Wouldn't want to horn in on the sex trade as run by the PLA and PSB...

The STD and mental illness thing is nothing new. It's absurd, but it's not new. I had to go through a complete physical to get a student visa last year, including all that bloodwork and a chest exam. What public interest is served by banning entry to people with schizophrenia or Asperger's syndrome? Would Stephen Hawking be allowed in if he had tickets to the Games? It's ludicrous.

@Rockr: The Chinese are perfect human beings. 5,000 years of genetic enhancement and tweaks towards perfection has proved it. They merely don't want polluted foreigners to ruin the pool.

Enjoy the Olympics!!! Rah Rah!!

Most of the "six types of foreigners," make sense in terms of bureaucratic restrictions, except #5. Does the PRC expect foreign homeless people will be interested in checking out the olympics? Are they anticipating foreign tramps cobbling together only enough change for a one-way ticket to China?

As a resident of Shanghai - I'm just glad that everything will return to normal once the games are over with.

Since it's published in Chinese, I guess Chinese government wanted everyone to learn Chinese before trying to enter China. So they can save the cost on helping lost travelers.

[Removed duplicate URL. --JM]

I'm with Anonymous - but I doubt things will go back to normal. As with all the visa issues, I think the Limp-Icks are the excuse rather than the reason.

Rockr: "Does the PRC expect foreign homeless people will be interested in checking out the olympics?"
Well, some places with generous policies do attract foreign homeless and beggars. Ever been to Amsterdam? I'm all for keeping out the riff-raff, so we foreigners can continue to be regarded as much more impressive than we actually are!

I have lived in Beijing for 7 years, and one thing I have appreciated is the increased expression of individuality on shop signs, etc. But, recently I've noticed that along many of Beijing's streets, all of the stores have these new ugly, cheap-looking plastic signs, that - although they do vary in color - are basically the same, and all the same height. One shop owner, who had a really cool looking wooden sign before the change, angrily told me he had not choice but to accept the new boring signs. I sure hope these ugly new signs are replaced before the Olympics - otherwise visitors will feel a repressive forced conformity.

I noticed that a lot of people wondered why the article was published in Chinese only. Well, the reason is quite simple, it was not meant to tell hookers that you are not welcome in China, but rather to reinforce the current nationalistic mentality in China by telling Chinese people that not all foreigners are civilized wealthy people, but there are a lot of prostitutes, beggars and mentally illed people in the mighty West as well. And those people might want to use the Olympics games as an opportunity to come to China and distroy this beautiful country.

Funny, I don't see the problem. But I live in Beijing so I am prejudiced, I guess.

Maybe if people stopped trying to make a name for themselves by nit-picking and trying to impersonate Jay Leno, attention could be paid to the positive things the Olympics is doing for this country and the world.

I hope whomever is responsible for this site has a day job.


You are right, life is a very serious business and we should not be making jokes. What we should be doing is giving grammar lessons, and let's start with you:

"Who" and "whoever" are used as the subjects of a sentence, in other words, when the person referred to is doing something.

E.g. "He thinks meatwad is a bit dim."


"Who thinks meatwad is a bit dim?"


"Whoever thinks meatwad is a bit dim, please raise your hand".

When you need the word to serve as the object of a sentence, that is when you use "whom" and whomever".

E.g. "Danwei mocks him."


"Whom does Danwei dare to mock?"


"Danwei can mock whomever its editors decide is worthy of derision."

Human Rights in China has published an unofficial translation of the guidelines:


The attached advisory is here:


Jeremy Goldkorn, you legend.

Arwen... I go with you in this one!...

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