Beijing to Promote 72 Hour Visa Free Visit to Attract More Visitors
Authorities in Beijing will be introducing more incentives and promised to work harder in promoting the 72 hour visa waiver that they hopes will attract more transit passengers to visit the capital city for a few days.
Beijing plans to offer hotel discounts and at shopping areas for tourists and is also asking several airlines to work with them and help in publicizing the visa policy. The planning and development department of the Beijing Capital International Airport said that visitors will be getting exclusive discounts in dining at airport or free accommodations when they spend a certain amount of money at the airport. While the Beijing station of exit and entry frontier inspection will cooperate with airlines domestic and abroad and with tourism bureaus to ensure that more travelers will be informed on the visa exemption along with the simplification of the transit application process.
The assistant director said that the process is now easier that before when applying for a visa takes time and effort, now it only takes about two minutes to acquire the visa. Staff members that handle the visa applications are fluent in English and 18 other languages to make sure that there will be no language problems with tourists. Once the visa free entry took effect the number of applicants has increased to 60 a day compares to the small number who applied in January.
One visitor who read about the visa exemption on the internet found it very convenient, he was able to visit China after his trip to Japan. The visa exemption was introduced in January and allowed tourists from 45 countries to enter China for 72 hours without applying for a visa.
Tourists who took advantage of the visa free entry to China are not allowed to go outside Beijing during their three day visit or can extend their stay. Those planning to extend or go outside of Beijing should first ask permission from the city’s public security bureau.