This Chinese province has resumed visa free entry after 3 years

08:21 PM | 20 Mar, 2023
This Chinese province has resumed visa free entry after 3 years

BEIJING - Chinese province Hainan has resumed visa free entry for 59 countries, three years after the pandemic disrupted activities across the globe and made it virtually impossible to travel outside your city.

Visitors can stay for as much as 30 days in the province without a Chinese visa with just the condition that they should book their tour through Hainan-based travel agencies.

The list of the countries eligible are:

The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Li,thuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus and Monaco

The facilitiy of visa free access can be used for business, tourism, family visits, medical treatment, exhibitions or sports competitions.

Hainan is the southernmost province of China and another distinction is that it is the smallest in terms of land area. In 1988 this resource-rich tropical region became a separate province with current population hovering around 10 million.

Majority of the people in the province are Han Chinese, but about one-sixth are ethnic minorities. Yalong Bay and picturesque Tianya Haijiao of Sanya are tourists hotspots visited by globetrotters from across the world. 

It merits mentioning that China is opening up to the world three year after the Covid-19 shut the dors of country to outside world. China recently announced to resume issuance of all types of visas. 

The emergence of new Covid variant led to some countries impose restrictions on travelers from China; however, the restrictions are now being eased as EU countries are also announcing not to make it mandatory for travelers from China to have PCR test done before entry to the country.

China had imposed tough travel restrictions on international arrivals from March 28, 2020 when the Covid scare was at its peak across the globe. In December 2022, China shifted from “zero-Covid” to “living with Covid” and finally the fresh guidelines confirm that the country has opened up to the foreigners in what appears to be the 'end of Covid era'. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 3, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 3, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 3, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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