Published May 20, 2023, 5:20 a.m. by Naomi Charles
The good news just keeps coming out of China. First, they announced that they were lifting the travel ban for business and tourist visas. And now, it looks like the country is dropping the travel bans for both business and tourist visas!
This is great news for businesses and tourists alike who have been itching to get back to China. The country has been a popular destination for both business and leisure travel, and the lifting of the travel ban will no doubt lead to a surge in travel to China.
For businesses, this is a huge opportunity to get back into the Chinese market and to build relationships with Chinese partners. And for tourists, it means that they can finally start planning their long-awaited trips to China.
So what does this mean for you? If you're planning a trip to China, now is the time to start planning! And if you're a business, now is the time to start exploring the opportunities that the Chinese market has to offer.
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IT WOULD START REISSUING
TOURISTS AND BUSINESS VISAS THIS
WEEK AS PART OF THE REOPENING
EUNICE YEUN JOINS US WITH MORE
>> Reporter: YOU CAN COME HERE
AND I CAN TAKE YOU FOR A TOUR OF
THE LIVE MARKET S OR SOMETHING
IF YOU DON'T COME HERE, THERE
ARE SEVERAL AMERICAN HIGH LEVEL
EXECUTIVES WHO ARE EXPECTED TO
COME IN, STARTING NEXT WEEK, TO
ATTEND A GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED
EVENT AS THE GOVERNMENT HERE
LOOKS TO TRY TO ATTRACT MORE
THE VISAS HAD BEEN SUSPENDED AT
THE START OF THE PANDEMIC AND
ARE BEING REINSTATED AND ALSO
THE COUNTRY IS REISSUING TOURIST
ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN WELCOMED BY
TRAVELERS HERE AS I FOUND OUT.
NOW THAT CHINA REOPENED, PEOPLE
STARTED TRAVELING MORE AND MORE,
INCLUDING FOR BUSINESS
NO MORE COVID TESTS OR HEALTH
SCANS ARE REQUIRED HERE AT THE
THOUGH MASKS ARE ADVISED
IT IS A LITTLE QUIET FOR THIS
TIME, BUT THE AIRLINE TOLD US
OUR FLIGHT IS ALMOST FULL.
THE LINES ARE BACK
THE FOOT TRAFFIC IS UP 80% SINCE
PEOPLE AREN'T BUYING JUST YET.
SO MY FIRST FLIGHT IN CHINA
SINCE ZERO COVID ENDED IS OVER
IT ALL FEELS ODDLY NORMAL.
THOUGH THE MEMORY OF ZERO COVID
COVID RESTRICTIONS AND
GEOPOLITICS STILL WEIGH ON
TRAVEL THAT'S DIRECTLY BETWEEN
THE U.S. AND CHINA
FOR EXAMPLE, TRAVELLERS FROM THE
U.S. STILL NEED TO PRESENT A
NEGATIVE 48-HOUR COVID TEST
BEFORE BOARDING TO COME HERE
ALSO, DIRECT FLIGHTS BETWEEN THE
U.S. AND CHINA HAVE BEEN CAPPED
AT 12 A WEEK
AND FINALLY, ANOTHER BIG
DEVELOPMENT WAS THAT THE
EXPANSION OF GROUP TOURS BY
CHINESE TO OTHER COUNTRIES
THE U.S., THOUGH, WAS LEFT OFF
>> ALL RIGHT
EUNICE, THANK YOU.
KEEP US UPDATED WITH THE LATEST
ON THAT, THE REOPENING IS GOING
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