Police quash online rumors over Expo curfew for expats
[ 2010-04-12 11:28 ]
Police on Friday denied the city will impose a curfew on expats during the upcoming Expo in a bid to refute online rumors that certain restrictions will be imposed on foreigners.
The rumors were initiated by an article posted on Shanghaiist, a popular portal for the expat community, saying foreigners will be required to return to their own place of residence each night or to notify the local police station if they are staying at another residence after the 11 pm curfew.
According to the post, all foreigners who travel outside of Shanghai must also have a clearance letter from their employer, who must be made aware of any travel plans.
The post further said some foreigners had received "notice" from Shanghai police stating that foreigners should avoid "socializing" within the locale of any of the Expo sites.
"Foreigners are only required to carry their passport with them at all times and to register their place of residence at their local police station, as stated in the rules for the implementation of the law of the People's Republic of China on the control of the entry and exit of aliens. No other additional requirements have been been put in place by the police," the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Public Security said in a statement on Friday.
The two requirements have been in operation for years - not only in Shanghai, but across the country and they have not been specifically drawn up for the Expo.
"The online rumors are false and groundless. Except for the requirements of residence registration and the passport, no other rules have been issued by the police," said the statement.
Shanghai police will protect the legal rights of all foreigners in the city and organize public campaigns during the Expo to promote knowledge of Chinese law among foreigners, said the statement.
（中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑）
Todd Balazovic is a reporter for the Metro Section of China Daily. Born in Mineapolis Minnesota in the US, he graduated from Central Michigan University and has worked for the China daily for one year.