Beijing lays out strict laws for foreigners ahead of Olympics

June 3rd, 2008 - 2:21 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 3 (ANI): The Beijing Olympic Games organizers’ (BOCOG) have said that foreigners suspected of having the potential to carry out terrorist or violent attacks, or indulge in subversive activities will be denied entry into China.

A legal guide posted on the BOCOG website on Monday said: Foreigners must respect Chinese laws while in China and must not harm China’s national security or damage the social order.

The legal guide covers a wide range of subjects for foreigners, from their entry, exit and tourism to accommodation and transportation in the country.

It warns overseas visitors against shouting insulting slogans or displaying them on banners, and forbids the display of religious, political or racial banners at sports venues, the China Daily reported.

Detailing some other activities forbidden at cultural and sport events, the guide warns against attacking referees or players and lighting of fireworks.

Foreign spectators cannot take Olympic tickets as a license to getting visas. Instead, they have to apply for visas in accordance with the rules of the Chinese embassies in their countries.

Weapons (real and imitation) ammunition, explosives, counterfeit currency notes, narcotics and poisons are some of the items not allowed into China, the guide says.

The guide explains some of the relevant Chinese laws in 57 question-and-answer forms, offering legal reference for foreign athletes, officials, reporters and tourists to know and obey related Chinese laws during their stay in China for the Olympic Games.

It makes it clear that an organizer has to apply to police and obtain permission before holding a public gathering, parade or protest. Those doing so otherwise face administrative punishments and/or criminal prosecution. (ANI)

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