Agencies Deny Rumors on China Suspending its Issuance of Business Visas
Visa agencies said that they have received no information that will collaborates reports on China suspending its issuance of business visas. Also the Beijing municipal government have also announced that they are introducing a policy that would allow foreign citizens traveling through Beijing on the way to places outside China and are planning to stay in the city for up to 72 hours without the need of applying entry permits.
Just over the weekend several internet users have raised concerns on several reports saying that authorities will stop issuing F visas on Tuesday. These visas are meant to foreigners invited to the country to conduct business or attending trade fairs, conventions or exhibitions and usually expire in six months. Visa agencies in cities said that no official notice on a policy change have been issued as of the moment. An agency in Shenzhen has said that they are still processing visa applications for foreigners and they have not heard or received any news on the suspension. An agency in Beijing said that the issuance of F visas is unlikely to be suspended and they have also not heard any news on the suspension.
These rumors are starting to raise concerns on foreign business people in China, most foreigners said that they see no reason for the suspension and by suspending the visas it will only bring inconvenience and confusion to those planning to work or are working in China. As for allowing foreign travelers to travel through Beijing on to places outside China, there are no information have been released and they are no ideas on which people will be affected if such proposal is adopted.
If applied the proposed policy marked a giant step in further boosting the city’s tourism industry since it will attract more tourists and therefore generate more profits for the city. Vice mayor of Beijing Ding Xiangyang said that tourism generates 1,000 US dollars per capita in Beijing residents, visitors overseas contributes to at least two-thirds of that money. Furthermore the number of tourists visiting Beijing is expected to double from 5 million to 10 million by 2015.
China has tight visa restrictions along with a few visa exemption agreements with several countries, yet it’s starting to loosen up it visa policies. For instance Shanghai and Hainan province have already adopted visa waiver policies in hopes to attract foreign tourists to visit.