China’s Supreme Court recently joined hands with the police to freeze the immigration documents of people refusing to pay their debts, so as to restrict their travel by train or plane.
As part of this cooperative effort, the Ministry of Public Security of China is sharing its database of passports and exit-entry permits with the Supreme Court. In this way, the court is able to link the information with a debtor’s profile and send the data to railway authorities and airlines. As of December 10, when debtors seek to buy tickets for planes or for sleeping berths or first-class seats on trains, their purchase orders will be automatically rejected.
In the past, the railway and airlines could only forbid debtors’ ticket purchases based on ID cards. Now the new court action can block debtors’ travel plans when they attempt to buy tickets with passports or exit-entry permits.