China travel industry set to boost with new Visa-free policy for 195 countries

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China has announced a visa-free policy for travelers from 195 countries, in a bold move to revive tourism aimed at boosting the country’s ‘previously struggling inbound sector’.

This initiative aims to boost China the struggling inbound tourism sector, by making it easier for international tourists to enter. China hopes to see a significant increase in visitors in 2024.

China is now granting visa-free entry to foreign nationals arriving on cruise ships in group tours, provided their stay does not exceed 15 days – a policy that targets economic stimulation through enhanced tourism.

The visa-free entry applies to specific cruise ports in 13 cities across China’s coastal provinces including Tianjin, Dalian, Shanghai, and Xiamen.

Tour groups must continue their journey to their next port and leave China within 15 days on the same cruise ship, to be eligible for this visa-free entry. The visitors can travel within coastal provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the Central Government, including Beijing.

Besides this, China has expanded its visa-free transit policy to include seven new cruise ports, which aims to simplify transit procedures for foreign passengers traveling by cruise ships, enhancing cruise tourism experience in China.

The cruise ports including Dalian, Lianyungang, Wenzhou, Zhoushan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Beihai.

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