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China allows visa-free entry for tourist groups: Here's eligibility criteria

01:19 PM | 15 May, 2024
China allows visa-free entry for tourist groups: Here's eligibility criteria

BEIJING - China has introduced a policy allowing visa-free entry for foreign tourist groups arriving aboard cruise ships at all cruise ports along its coastline.

The move was enforced on Wednesday and builds upon the previous pro-tourism measures of the government to attract more tourists.

Under the new regulations outlined by the National Immigration Administration (NIA), tourist groups comprising two or more foreigners, organized or hosted by Chinese travel agencies, are eligible for visa-free entry.

This visa-free entry liberty extends to cruise ports across 13 Chinese cities, including major hubs such as Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Sanya.

According to an official statement from the NIA, foreign tourists entering China via cruise ships can stay for a maximum of 15 days.

As far as the permissions are concerned for the visitors, they are permitted to explore coastal provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions, and even Beijing during the visit.

The NIA has designated seven additional cruise ports, including Dalian, Lianyungang, Wenzhou, and others, as visa-free transit ports for nationals hailing from 54 countries. This move aims to facilitate worry-free transit and departure procedures for foreign travelers so that they can come in large numbers and support the economy. 

In light of these developments, Mao Xu, a senior official at the NIA, emphasized the implementation of various measures to streamline cruise entry and exit processes. 

China has introduced a series of measures in recent weeks to facilitate the entry of tourists. In March this year, the country announced to expand its 15-day visa-free entry policy to six additional European countries which include Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

As per the announcement, ordinary passport holders from the above-mentioned countries can enter China without a visa for purposes such as business, tourism, visiting relatives and friends, and transit; the offer is valid between March 14th and November 30th this year. 

Besides, China has also signed a visa-free agreement with Thailand on a permanent basis from March this year. China imposed one of the most strict social distancing protocols during COVID-19 but started lifting the restrictions in January last year.  Ever since the country has promoted visa-free entry and relaxation of rules for tourists to visit the country and boost its economy.

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Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 28, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.25 for selling.

Euro stands at 298 for buying and 301 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal increased to 73.45.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.25
Euro EUR 298 301
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.03 748.03
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.42 38.82
Danish Krone DKK 40.44 40.84
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.62 35.97
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 904.07 913.07
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.05 59.65
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.6 7.75

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