In early 2020, while Shoer was traveling in New Zealand, his flight back to China was canceled due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. With no way to get to his apartment or his company, Shoer went back to the U.S. with the plan to return to Shanghai when possible. Two years later, he still hasn’t been able to.
Shoer now typifies another, growing group of people: foreign nationals who, until recently, called China home. Many left because of China’s travel restrictions, which, more than two years into the pandemic, still make it nearly impossible for foreigners to enter the country — or, for those already in China, to visit family and return.