144-hour transit visa-free expansion to 27 ports Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Yangtze River Delta implemen

Today, the National Immigration Press Conference announced that from December 1, 2019, the 144-hour visa-free policy for eligible foreigners transiting will be further expanded to 27 visa-free areas.

After expanding the scope of this policy, a total of 23 cities and 30 ports in 18 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) implemented 53-country visa-free 144-hour and 72-hour visa-free policies for people in 53 countries. What is more noteworthy is the realization of regional and port linkages in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and the Yangtze River Delta.

Statistics show that from January 2013 to September 2019, 452,000 foreigners have entered our country through this policy, of which 100,000 in 2018, an increase of 24% over 2017.

144 144-hour visa waiver policy for foreigners transiting to 27 ports

Today, the State Administration of Immigration announced at a press conference that, with the approval of the State Council, from December 1, 2019, eligible foreigners will be extended from Chongqing and Xi an aviation ports to visa-free stays to 144 hours; in Ningbo Airlines The port implements a 144-hour transit visa-free visa policy and integrates the Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai policy integration. Transit personnel can come from Ningbo Airlines Port and Shanghai Sea, Land, and Air Ports that have implemented a 144- hour transit visa-free policy, or Nanjing Airlines Port, Hangzhou Airlines. Entry and exit at ports; Expanding the 144-hour visa-free stay at the Chengdu Airlines port to 11 cities: Chengdu, Leshan, Deyang, Suining, Meishan, Ya an, Ziyang, Neijiang, Zigong, Chenzhou, Yibin.

It is understood that after expanding the scope of this policy, a total of 23 cities and 30 ports in 18 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) will implement visa-free policies for 144-hour and 72-hour transit visas for 53 nationals. Among them, Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Qingdao, Chengdu, Xiamen, Kunming, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Jieyang, Chongqing, Xi an, and Ningbo have implemented foreigners at 27 ports in 20 cities 144-hour visa-free policy for transit, and regional, port linkage in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Yangtze River Delta and other regions; Changsha, Guilin, Harbin, 3 cities and 3 ports implement a 72-hour visa- free policy for foreigners transit.

Attachment: List of countries applying the 144-hour visa-free policy for foreigners transiting

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco , Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus, United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, UAE, Qatar

The number of foreigners coming to China is increasing year by year

Statistics show that from January 2013 to September 2019, 452,000 foreigners have entered our country through this policy, of which 100,000 in 2018, an increase of 24% over 2017.

In addition, according to the latest data released by the National Migration Administration, the number of foreign citizens entering the country in the first three quarters of 2019 increased by 5.01% year-on-year, and the number of people entering and leaving the airport increased by 8.04% year-on-year.

However, overall, China s easing of entry and exit of foreigners still needs to be further improved. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Tourism Competitiveness Report (2017), China ranks 129th in 136 countries with Burundi and Cameroon in terms of visa openness. China s related visa policy innovation is also facing a series of challenges.

1. Compared with developed countries, the types of Chinese visas are relatively traditional and not abundant, and the visa policy lacks refinement and innovation. For example, Australia has a working holiday visa and so on.

2. The survey shows that the Chinese visa application platform needs to be optimized. In addition to the high cost of visas, complex application materials, difficulty in obtaining application information, long review cycles, and few accepting agencies, the traditional methods of network service extension and manual receipt are extended. It is not conducive to the convenience and modernization of visas, and the degree of visa facilitation has increasingly become a major factor affecting travel.

3. In addition, the visa exemption policy needs to be further liberalized. Although the existing 144-hour transit visa exemption and Hainan Province 59 countries visa exemption policy, there is still a gap between the attractiveness and the mutual exemption and unilateral visa exemption policy , and further exploration of the mutual visa exemption policy and unilateral exemption suitable for China s development needs to be further explored. The signing policy better reflects the country s diplomatic strength.

Immigration deficit continues to increase

It is worth noting that although foreigners entering China have continued to grow, the international tourist deficit has also increased significantly against the background of a sharp increase in Chinese outbound tourism.

On January 10, 2019, the Global Think Tank (CCG) and Ctrip jointly released the data in China s Global Development from the Perspective of Outbound and Inbound Tourism , which shows that China s international tourist deficit in 2016 was 40.26 million (no Including border entry figures), the deficit increased by 8.624 million person-times, an increase of 27.26% compared to 31,653,500 person-times in 2015. It is expected that the deficit of Chinese international tourists will increase further in the next five years , and the number may exceed 100 million.

Relevant statistics from the Department of Citizenship and Immigration of the National Immigration Administration show that as of the end of September, mainland residents holding valid ordinary passports accounted for about 13% of the total population of the Mainland. It is expected that the number of licensees will exceed 200 million by the end of 2019. In 2019, there are 72 countries or regions where Chinese citizens holding ordinary passports can be exempted from visas and landing visas, including 14 exempt visas for ordinary passports, 15 unilateral visa-free entry for Chinese citizens, and 43 unilateral visas. Chinese citizens apply for visa on arrival. In addition, 159 countries and regions around the world have become the outbound tourist destinations for Chinese citizens. It can be said that the gold content of Chinese passports has reached an all-time high.

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