China implements visa-free entry policy for cruise ship passengers

时间:2024-05-16 16:12:17 来源 : ChinaDaily 作者 : ZhongXin

The National Immigration Administration announced to fully implement on Wednesday a visa-free entry policy for foreign tourist groups arriving by cruise ships in coastal provinces of China, and the policy is effective immediately.

An aerial drone photo taken on April 7, 2024 shows cruise ship Serenade of the Seas docking at Tianjin International Cruise Home Port in North China's Tianjin. Photograph provided by Xinhua

Foreign tourist groups, comprising two or more individuals, arriving by cruise ship and organized and received by China's domestic travel agencies can enter China visa-free through any coastal cruise port and stay for up to 15 days.

The tourist groups must travel together on the same cruise ship to the next port when the cruise leaves China. The activity area is limited to the coastal provinces, municipalities, and Beijing.

The visa-free entry ports scatter in 13 cities: Tianjin, Dalian in Liaoning province, Shanghai, Lianyungang in Jiangsu province, Wenzhou and Zhoushan in Zhejiang province, Xiamen in Fujian province, Qingdao in Shandong province, Guangzhou and Shenzhen in Guangdong province, Beihai in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, and Haikou and Sanya in Hainan province.

Additionally, to support the development of cruise tourism, seven cruise ports in Dalian, Lianyungang, Wenzhou, Zhoushan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Beihai will be added as transit visa-free ports for citizens of 54 countries, facilitating foreign passengers to transfer and depart via cruise ships from these ports, according to the immigration administration. (ZhongXin)