China eases visa, entry policies

Writer:   |  Editor: Zhang Chanwen  |  From: Xinhua, China Daily  |  Updated: 2023-03-15

Foreigners with valid visas issued before March 28, 2020 will be allowed to enter China, as the country is adjusting its visa and entry policies to facilitate travel across the border.

Visa-free policies will be resumed for entry to the southern island province of Hainan and cruise tour groups at Shanghai ports, said the National Immigration Administration yesterday.

Visa-free entry to Guangdong Province will be restored for tour groups of foreigners from Hong Kong and Macao, and a similar mechanism will be reinstated for tour groups from ASEAN countries to enter Guilin in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The policies will come into force today, according to immigration authorities.

The visa-free policy in Hainan, designed for tourists from 59 countries, had been used in the province since 2018. Under the policy, individuals with ordinary passports from listed countries can enjoy visa-free entry to Hainan and are entitled to stay in the province for up to 30 days for business, family visits, tourism, medical treatment, exhibitions or sports competitions.

The resumption demonstrates Hainan’s opening up to the world, and the deepening of interconnections between Hainan and visa-free countries, the Hainan Bureau of International Economic Development told China Daily.

The third China International Consumer Products Expo will be held in Haikou in April. With the policy resumption, more CEOs of global leading companies, overseas exhibitors and foreign buyers are expected to participate in person, reflecting the expo’s intention to “buy the world, and sell the world,” the bureau said.

Russian expatriate Sergei Orlov, an entrepreneur and travel marketer in Sanya, said it’s definitely good news for Hainan’s travel industry.

“With visa-free opportunities, more international tourists will come to Hainan, and my company’s business will likely be in demand,” he said.