Visa-free with China: the country intends to allow tourists from 6 countries to travel without a visa for up to 15 days

By TravelWiseNov 26, 2023 08:37 AMNews
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Visa-free with China: the country intends to allow tourists from 6 countries to travel without a visa for up to 15 days
China will promote tourism from Europe. Source: Pexels

China intends to abolish visa requirements for citizens of six countries, including five European Union states and Malaysia, for a year. This move aims to revive tourism, which experienced a decline since 2019 and has only recently begun to slowly recover.

The five EU countries affected by the visa changes are France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs sees potential in tourists from these destinations, as reported by Simple Flying.

Visa-free with China: the country intends to allow tourists from 6 countries to travel without a visa for up to 15 days
China aims to revive tourism by abolishing visas for 15 days. Source: Pixabay

Citizens from the mentioned countries and Malaysia entering China for business, tourism, family, and transit purposes will no longer need a visa for trips of up to 15 days.

The decision to ease the visa regime was made by the Chinese government as part of an experiment aimed at "promoting the quality development of Chinese and foreign personnel exchanges and openness to the outside world."

In response to the new rules, the German Ambassador to China, Patricia Flor, congratulated both countries and called for further efforts toward rapprochement between the EU and China.

However, Chinese tourists still need a visa to enter the Schengen area, although the process of obtaining one will now be much easier and faster.

As for Malaysia, Chinese travelers will continue to benefit from the rules of the agreement between the two countries, allowing for a 30-day visa-free stay.

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