The Chinese Embassy in India has announced that they have implemented temporary changes to the country’s visa for inbound travellers, offering greater flexibility.
According to a statement shared by the Embassy on X (formerly Twitter), eligible applicants seeking a visa for various purposes, including tourism, business, short-term family visits and transit, will no longer need to provide biometric data. This will let Indians complete the application for their China visa without submitting fingerprints. The changes will remain in place until December 31, 2023.
More about the new China visa update for Indians
From now until December 31, 2023, applicants eligible for single or double-entry visas for categories of business (M) , tourist (L), short-term family visit to Chinese citizens (Q2), transit(G), and crew (C) purposes are exempted from collection of biometric data (fingerprints). pic.twitter.com/zKEN3LikUX
— Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in India (@China_Amb_India) August 18, 2023
The move is expected to benefit many, especially those aged below 14 and above 70 years, people whose fingerprints have recently been collected by the Chinese Embassy as well as individuals whose fingerprints are deemed ‘uncollectable’, writes The Economic Times.
The Embassy stated in their post that applicants can get in touch with the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Delhi for proper guidance and to learn more about the updates. They have established direct communication channels for this purpose, adds the report.
How can Indians get a China visa?
Travellers can apply online for the visa. Additionally, they need to ensure that their passport is valid for at least six months and has a minimum of two blank pages. Applicants will also have to provide photocopies of relevant passport pages, passport-sized photographs, and proof of residence and employment status, states the ET report. The fee for this document is between INR 3,800 and INR 7,800, depending on the type of visa required.
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