BEIJING - The government of China has announced to allow 144-hour visa-free entry to the country for citizens from Norway after which they can proceed to any other country.
“China has decided to include Norway on the list of countries that qualify for 72 or 144 hours of visa-free transit on arrival,” China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang said in a briefing in Oslo.
China has had this type of agreement with as many as 53 countries in the past and Norway has joined the list to enjoy visa-free travel.
The caveat in this visa-free access is that in order to benefit from the facility, visitors must go to a third country after leaving China and if they are not continuing travel to a third country, it will be considered an illegal entry.
Authorities in both countries have hailed the agreement inked for visa-free transit. Meanwhile, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang elaborated that Beijing appreciates Norway’s firm adherence to the one-China policy and lauds that both countries respect and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns.
“We welcome more Norwegian friends to China,” Qin added.
The following countries including the Schengen countries are currently benefiting from the 144-hour visa-free transit policy for internationals, according to China Briefing:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
United Arab Emirates
Under the 144-Hour visa-free entry, Norwegians will be eligible to travel to Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang (Hebei province), Qinhuangdao (Hebei province), Shanghai, Hangzhou (Zhejiang province), Ningbo (Zhejiang province) and Nanjing (Jiangsu province) among others.
The eligibility for availing the facility is to have a passport or another travel document valid for more than three months from the arrival date, an interline ticket, as well as a landing card for internationals.
Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Karachi||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Quetta||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Attock||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Multan||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|