Tourists queue to enter the Forbidden City in Beijing. (Photo: Reuters)
BEIJING – China on Friday reduce visa fees by 25% for vacationers from international locations together with Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Vietnam and the Philippines till the tip of 2024, in response to statements from the Chinese overseas ministry and embassies.
The coverage up to now covers a whole lot of tens of millions of vacationers from greater than a dozen international locations and can make it cheaper for them to get a visa to journey to China.
Effective Dec. 11, the brand new charge for a single-entry vacationer visa for Thai nationals will vary from 750 baht for regular service to 1,950 baht for categorical service, in response to the Chinese embassy’s web site.
The visa low cost is the newest of a number of strikes China has made not too long ago to spice up journey by overseas tourists and businessmen amid a sputtering restoration on this planet’s second-largest financial system.
Thailand desires China to grant visa exemptions to Thai tourists, because the nation not too long ago granted visa exemptions to Chinese vacationers.
Foreign Affairs Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara revealed the plan on Thursday after a gathering along with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of a gathering of Mekong international locations in Beijing.
Mr. Wang expressed assist for the visa exemption thought, the minister stated.
“A working panel will journey to China to debate the difficulty with the Chinese authorities by the tip of this month,” stated Mr Parnpree.
Thailand in September launched a vacationer visa exemption scheme for Chinese and Kazakh passport holders to remain within the nation for as much as 30 days. The exemption shall be in impact till February 29 subsequent 12 months.
Last month, China introduced that atypical passport holders from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Malaysia might enter China with out a visa for enterprise, tourism and visiting family and associates. associates till the tip of 2024.