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China Will Now Allow Visa-Free Travel for up to 6 Days

China Will Now Allow Visa-Free Travel for up to 6 Days
Jackie Reddy

Citizens of 53 countries will now be able to visit the country for up to six days without a visa.

Chinese authorities have announced that citizens of 53 countries – including the United States and most of the European Union – can now enter the country for six days without a visa, provided they are in transit to another destination. Get.com reports that these new visa stipulations took effect on January 4th 2018.

It is hoped that this visa waiver program will encourage travelers to make the most of their time in China. According to official statistics compiled by the China National Tourism Administration, the nation attracted 14.25 million foreign tourists in 2016. The outlet reports that authorities hope to improve upon this figure by easing up on what many consider to be a stringent visa application process.

A limited visa waiver program was introduced in a number of metropolitan areas last year, including Shanghai. These cities have since reported increased tourist traffic.

On the back of this announcement, Chinese authorities have also revealed that they are relaxing visa requirements for foreign professionals as well as for highly skilled workers. Xinhua New Agency reports that the country “is in the middle of its biggest ever influx of foreign-educated professionals” and that this is an attempt “to bridge the talent gap” faced by the nation. According to Chinese authorities, visa waiver candidates in this category include entrepreneurs, scientists and those who work in the technology sector.

Commenting on the situation late last year, Li Keqiang, the current Premier of the People’s Republic of China, was quoted by the agency as saying that, “We should not only make use of Chinese talent resources and market space, but also adopt a more open policy for foreign experts.”

[Photo: Shutterstock]

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  1. HkCaGu

    January 8, 2018 at 9:22 am

    This entire article is very misleading, including the headline and the stock photo. CHINA IS NOT OPENING UP TRAVEL FOR UP TO SIX DAYS! China had always only allowed visa-free TRANSIT (going from country A through China to country C). Originally intended for its airlines to sell connections (24-hour TWOV), tourism opportunities led to 72-hour TWOV for major cities, and then Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang started its 144-hour TWOV. Now this week Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei is following Shanghai’s 144-hour policy. You must stay within the municipal/provincial boundaries. YOU’RE NOT FREE TO ROAM AROUND CHINA.

  2. anirudh666

    January 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Interesting that India isn’t in the list of countries approved for 144-hour transit visa.

  3. Tailgater

    January 9, 2018 at 8:28 am

    This is fantastic! I have 5 nights booked for Beijing this summer and now I don’t have to go through the complicated visa app process. This is great! Now, if only Russia wasn’t so complicated for tourist visa.

  4. flyerCO

    January 25, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Tailgated – only works if coming from and departing to different countries.

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