Beijing mulls visa waiver for foreign travelers
Published on May 30, 2012
Authorities in Beijing are considering a short-term visa waiver of up to three days to encourage inbound tourism. Similar schemes are already running in Shanghai, where visitors can stay for 48 hours, and the holiday island of Hainan, where tour groups can stay for three weeks without a visa, reports CNN. Jiang Yiyi, director of the China Tourism Academy's disputed suggestions that a waiver would encourage illegal immigration, as Beijing purges itself of foreigners working in the city without a permit. Earlier this month, the Beijing Public Security Bureau launched a 100-day campaign to "clean out" non- Chinese living or working in the city illegally. Until the end of August, all foreigners are expected to carry on them a valid passport, visa and residence permit.
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