December 31, 2023Business Desk

China eases visa requirements for US travellers

China has announced a relaxation of visa regulations for visitors from the United States, aiming to stimulate international tourism as the country continues its border reopening efforts.

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Effective from January 1, American tourists will no longer be obligated to furnish round-trip air tickets, hotel reservations, itineraries, or formal invitations when applying for Chinese visas.

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The streamlined visa application process seeks to "enhance people-to-people interactions between China and the United States," according to the embassy's announcement.

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Statistics reveal that China registered 8.4 million foreign entries and exits in the first half of the current year, a stark decline from 977 million in 2019 before the pandemic's onset.

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