'Unbearable' - Chinese describe life without passports
Jenny is a young woman, educated in the United States, who returned home to take a high-paying job in finance in Shanghai.
"I know how to enjoy my success. But, since the end of March, I had for many weeks been trapped at home, unable to go out, anxious and fearful, sometimes without food. I am ready to give up everything to escape as far away as possible from this hell," she said.
But it is very hard for her and others like her to obtain a passport and permission to leave. In February, the National Immigration Administration (NIA) said that, to curb the spread of COVID from abroad, it would not issue or renew passports for leisure travel.
In May, it went further and said that it would for the same reason ban "non-essential" travel. It would only approve passports and exit permits for study, scientific research, trade and business and medical issues – but not family reunions or tourism. ...