Beijing revises visa to attract more tourists

September 21, 2023 Cristina Lee-Pisco 104 views

BEIJING has revised its visa application forms for foreigners to encourage more tourists to visit China.

The simplified version of the visa application form was launched last September 20 after consultations with relevant departments, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning said.

She explained that the optimization involves seven major items and 15 sub-items, which are mainly related to the applicant’s educational background, family membersโ€™ information, past travel experience, among others.

With the revision, Mao noted that textual content of the application forms will be considerably reduced.

“For example, the coverage of โ€œpast travel experienceโ€ is cut from five years to one year and โ€œeducational backgroundโ€ only entails the applicantโ€™s highest degree.”

Mao said applicants will spend much less time filling in the forms and expect a more streamlined visa application process.

The spokesperson added “the MFA will, as always, facilitate people-to-people exchanges between China and foreign countries to promote Chinaโ€™s high-quality development and opening-up endeavor.”