When the lockdown went into effect, these International Educators, on holiday outside China, found their reentry had been blocked. After 3 months in an Airbnb, with only the clothes they packed for their trip, these educators are ready to call it quits:
“On March 28, the Chinese government closed its borders to foreigners, with an “exception” for travelers who hold very specific Visa types. Inexplicably, the “Z” Visa under which International Educators work does not appear on this “exception” list. With no projected end date to the entrance restriction, educators who left China during the New Year holiday now find themselves inadvertently locked out, indefinitely.
“My significant other and I are in this situation. We are still paying rent, house helpers and utility bills in China, but have no idea when we might be able to return. This is our third month in an Airbnb in a foreign country, with only the clothes we brought for our vacation. Our Chinese bank account is accessible through a credit card, but with no cash withdrawals and limits on charges.
“I’ve heard some negative sentiment from teachers who stayed in China. They’re saying that people who are locked out are “sitting around getting a fat paycheck.” I’ve read this on ISR Discussions Boards and expressed by teachers from our school. The truth is we are currently teaching online from out of country. As of now, our future is uncertain with schools beginning to reopen throughout China.
“We’ve decided to cut our losses and leave China. We are leaving our teaching Contracts and our apartment lease a year early, both potentially with financial penalties. I don’t know yet how we will manage to get our belongings out of China. I would like to know what other teachers locked out of China, and other countries if that is happening elsewhere, are doing to manage this situation.”
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