It is quite saddening to see how the official news now mention the exact same things that were banned as rumours and hearsay only a couple of days ago.
For example many locales (in Yunnan alone) implementing restrictions for entry/exit based on local/non-local license plates, as written in this official page, authorized by GoKunming: mp.weixin.qq.com/s/teP1zR7gQxRb8A3jS3i3RQ
"We called the Entry and Exit Bureau this morning — Wednesday, January 29, 10:00AM — As of yet there are no official reports of land borders to Vietnam and Laos being closed"
While contacting Entry & Exit, another topic to ask might be whether suspended long-distance buses etc (especially in rural parts of the province where other means of transport may not be available) constitute a "force majeure" in terms of failing to register stays at PSBs or getting stuck in mountains and missing visa/RP expirations?
At this point it's not possible for us to make a blanket statement or say anything about individual cases about waiving of penalties or other consequences for overstaying visa.
Best to call the National Immigration Administration hotline provided in the article and check with them about your particular circumstances.
We keep calling them and as soon as we have clear info we'll update the article.
Updated info with regards to Entry and Exit:
British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China, following travel advice from the Foreign Office that warned against all but essential travel to the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.
BA.com, the airline’s website, shows no direct flights to China are available in January and February
I went to my local PSB yesterday to register my return from holiday abroad and they said they weren't open until next week... so it seems there is some flexibility on the rules for now.
I thought they'd be closed until this week's Friday anyway due to regular CNY holidays. The holidays which now have been extended until next week, the 2nd being last holiday.
I'm not personally in any risk with my RP btw, was just thinking that in some fields people might have started work contract after CNY last year, finishing work for this year's CNY, and taken remainder of their 1-year permits to travel.
I am however personally in such situation, where bus trip to nearest PSB able to accept even visitor registration (much less visa extensions) would take 2 hours one-way even without increased check points, and I could extrapolate that others might be in similar situation - but with visas expiring soon after CNY.
(by the way, in January when I returned from abroad, my local PSB told my wife that I do not need to register the return at all).
@JanJal That has been the case for me for about 3 years now. The police said only come to register if I have moved or got a new visa. If I leave china and come back don't bother.
British Airways says flight suspensions are ‘temporary’ until Friday
BA has said the suspension of flights to and from mainland China will last until Friday in an apparent step back from the open-ended suspension that was announced this morning.
Starting tomorrow, January 30th, all buses and undergrounds will stop operation until further notice EXCEPT:
1) those that terminate at the train stations (KM Main and KM South)
2) airport shuttles
3) undergrounds will only operate the North bus hub station to the South Train station line