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China Introduces Visa-Free Entry for Tourists Coming in Cruise Ships

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In a move to revitalize its tourism industry, China has introduced a visa-free entry policy for foreign tourists arriving on cruise ships. The new program, effective as of May 15th, aims to attract more international visitors by simplifying the entry process.

Easier Access for Group Travelers

Under the policy, foreign tourists traveling in organized group tours can now enter China visa-free for stays up to 15 days. Tour groups must be managed by Chinese travel agencies and can disembark at any of the 13 designated cruise ports across coastal provinces. These ports include major cities like Shanghai, Qingdao, and Dalian.

“The visa-free entry policy will provide support for the development of the cruise industry and attract more foreign tourists,” said Mao Xu, a senior official with China’s National Immigration Administration, at a press conference in Beijing.

Boosting the Cruise Industry

The new policy comes amidst a sluggish tourism sector in China. By simplifying visa procedures for cruise passengers, China hopes to encourage more international visitors to explore the country’s coastal destinations and cultural treasures. This could also benefit the domestic cruise industry, which currently handles a limited number of international ships.

Exploring China by Sea

Foreign tourists interested in taking advantage of the visa-free program should inquire with cruise lines and travel agencies about group tours that include stops in China. With its relaxed visa requirements and diverse itinerary options, cruising offers a convenient and exciting way to experience China.

This move is part of China’s ongoing efforts to enhance its tourism industry and foster global connections. By allowing visa-free entry for cruise tourists, the country hopes to create a more welcoming environment for travelers from around the world4. 🌐🚢

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