Latest News:  
Beijing   Overcast/Cloudy    25 / 17 ℃  City Forecast

English>>Foreign Affairs

Visa rules haven't hurt US demand

By Chen Jia in San Francisco  (China Daily)

08:52, September 07, 2012

The number of Americans applying for visas to China has remained flat since the country revised its rules for visitors from the United States.

"We have seen a stable number of applications since the launch of new visa rules on Aug 1," Chen Xiongfeng, a visa-affairs officer at the Chinese embassy in Washington, told China Daily this week.

"The feedback from visa officers is positive."

Chen said the new rules are in line with other countries' procedures and require Americans applying for Chinese tourist or business visas to submit a letter from an authorized tourism agency, a company or an individual inviting them to China.

The letter should include personal information of both host and invitee, along with information such as the purpose of the visit, arrival and departure dates, places to be visited and who will pay for the visitor's accommodations in China.

Applicants also can, but aren't required to, submit materials including a copy of their round-trip ticket or hotel reservation, Chen said.

The visa officer spoke in response to media reports which had expressed worries that the changed visa rules could jeopardize the country's goal to become world's top tourism destination.

About 2.12 million US-based visa holders visited China last year, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

"The new, complicated rules will impede China's tourism industry," a manager of a Chinese-visa service provider in California said. He declined to be named.

Tim Caswell, a Californian, received a visa to China at the end of August.

"My biggest problem was that the nearest consulate from my house is 300 miles away and doesn't accept mailed applications," he said.

But for about $400, Caswell was able to use an outside service to process a rush order through the mail to get his visa from China's consulate in San Francisco in two days.


【1】 【2】

Most viewed commentaries
Most viewed commentaries
US expertise gives it powerful role in maritime politics China and Japan should not be kidnapped by an old fogey Boom of US arms sales aggravates regional security dilemma
Japan aids armed forces of China's neighbors Japan’s hardline rhetoric on Diaoyu is ‘playing with fire' Japan must take Chinese people’s feeling seriously

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:姚春、张茜)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Soldiers take part in military training in Hohhot

  2. Putin's tender moment: Fly high with cranes

  3. A Treasure Trove of Resources

  4. Wushu madness

  5. Spanish beauty sexy show

  6. Quadruplets' first day for school

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Commentary: Asian SMEs must plan for crisis
  2. US firms poison reputations of China start-ups
  3. Exams still fairest way for kids' school selection
  4. Quality better for box office than quotas
  5. Don’t hand over judgment to foreign media
  6. China, Japan can find path to more stable future
  7. Editorial: FDI rise possible

What's happening in China

Man buys 2,000 bucket meals to block KFC's door

  1. Sperm bank calls for more deposits
  2. Students get new desks after media attention
  3. Capital chomps $16m in shark fins every day
  4. Man burns himself after dispute with school
  5. Benz purchase puts orphanage in hot seat

China Features

  1. Entering China's northernmost village
  2. Italy makes efforts to attract Chinese students
  3. Chinese economy not to suffer a hard landing
  4. Urgent protection needed for the Yulin Great Wall
  5. 17 fairylands you must go in your life

PD Online Data

  1. Ministry of Water Resources
  2. Ministry of Railways
  3. People's Bank of China
  4. Ministry of Health
  5. Ministry of Culture