“We have no income,” Siu said. “We still have to pay the rent, utilities and everything. We are in the negative.”
The reason for this is that China restricts travel from the United States to help limit the spread of the omicron variant.
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What was normally supposed to bring large amounts of tourism to China has now turned into a time of lockdowns and travel restrictions.
According to Siu, there are normally eight to ten direct flights to China every day. There is only one United Airlines flight to Shanghai left, but that could soon become zero.
“There’s only one at the moment,” Siu said. “It’s expensive and difficult to book. Otherwise, you have to go through Seattle or LA.”
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He says China also has heavy restrictions on who can travel. Siu says only people traveling for business or people seeing relatives with serious health conditions can apply for a visa.
He tells people to avoid planning trips for a few months.
“I tell them to wait three months. It’s better, then see what happens. Hopefully the omicron push goes down,” Siu said.
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