Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on the Visa Reciprocity Arrangement Between China and the US and the Facilitation of Personnel Exchanges Between China and Foreign Countries
2014/11/10

Q: China and the US have agreed to issue long-validity and multi-entry visas to each other's citizens travelling for business, tourism and education reasons. Can you give us more information? In recent years, as more and more Chinese people go abroad, people want the Chinese passports to provide more convenience so that their trips overseas can happen more readily. What kind of work has the foreign ministry done this year to facilitate that and how about the result?

A: Upon friendly consultation and based on the principle of equality and reciprocity, China and the US have agreed to issue long-validity and multi-entry visas to each other's citizens travelling for business, sightseeing and overseas study, which will be soon confirmed by an exchange of notes. According to the agreement, China and the US will issue multi-entry business and tourist visas with the validity of up to 10 years, and multi-entry student and exchange visas with the validity of up to 5 years to each other's citizens. This will facilitate personnel exchanges between the two countries, and is significant in promoting exchanges and cooperation in various fields.

In recent years, the Foreign Ministry of China has been working vigorously and systematically to facilitate the exchanges between China and foreign countries, and make it easier for people to travel on a Chinese passport. Positive outcomes have been achieved. First, China has signed mutual visa-waiver agreements of various forms with nearly 90 countries, and 53 visa simplification agreements with 39 countries. Second, as a result of our hard work, 37 countries and regions have accorded Chinese citizens the upon-arrival visa treatment unilaterally, and 8 countries and regions have waived visa requirement unilaterally for Chinese citizens. Third, efforts have been made to enlarge the number of holders of APEC Business Travel Card. China now boasts the largest number of APEC Business Travel Card holders, compared with other economies in this region. In addition, through such measures as advancing the signing of bilateral consular agreements and expediting the setting-up of more consulates, Chinese citizens can "Go Global" with the strong backing of legal institutions and consular services.

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