Visa Waiver Programs Spark Tourism Fever

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2014 was a busy year for everyone who works in Beijing’s diplomatic circles. It was a year of diplomatic events such as the APEC Summit, the G20 Summit and President Xi Jinping’s visits to many European nations.

This year may be even busier, as the benefits of last year’s work provide increasingly loose and friendly visa provisions that are boosting outbound tourism.

France

The French Polynesian government recently released a statement that visa requirements for Chinese passport holders will be lifted for those staying less than 15 days.

Little known outside France, Reunion Island is a tropical island within Polynesia and has long been a hideaway paradise retreat for the French jet-set. The newly introduced visa-free facility is expected to attract luxury Chinese travelers to discover the isle’s breath-taking scenery.

The territory’s government has spoken out in favor of the change as it comes after years of clamor in Tahiti to open up to the potentially lucrative Chinese tourism market.

To be eligible for visa free travel to Tahiti, Chinese tourists will have to book their trips through travel agents approved by French consular authorities in China.

Japan

The Japanese government released a series of measures to relax multiple-entry visa conditions for Chinese travelers from January. Multiple-entry visas will be valid for three years and the duration of stay for each entry limited to 90 days.

Since January 19, more Chinese nationals will be given the chance to apply for multiple-entry visas to Japan. The original 200,000 yuan per year minimum threshold on applicants’ annual incomes will be eased to 10,000 yuan.

Applicants who meet the previous income requirement may be eligible for a multiple-entry visa good for five years.



Read more at Beijing Today.

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