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UK announces two-year visa for Chinese next year and 10-year visa pending

10/23/2015| 5:28:26 PM| ChinaTravelNews 中文

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced new visa policy for Chinese visitors. Starting from next year, Chinese visitors will be eligible for two-year tourist visas.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced new visa policy for Chinese visitors during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit. Starting from next year, Chinese visitors will be eligible for two-year tourist visas.

best of mates David Cameron and Xi Jinping having a pint together

UK to offer 10 year visas to Chinese in future

According to the British Embassy in China, the new visa policy for Chinese nationals will extend the validity of the existing six-month multiple-entry standard tourist visa to two years with multiple entries. The number of fingerprint collection centers in China will also be extended to 50 cities to make visa applications more convenient. Visa application fees will remain unchanged.

Mr. Cameron also said his government plans to launch a 10-year multiple-entry visa for Chinese visitors for the same fee, but didn’t give any specific timeframe for implementation.

British government officials are currently in talks with their Chinese counterparts to add to the 12 UK visa application centers in China, although the country is already maintaining more visa application avenues than any other European countries. These changes will make the British visa more attractive to Chinese than the Schengen visa, which is only valid for 90 days, and will make the UK visa comparable to the popular 10-year US visa launched last year.

Chinese visitors boost British economy

Chinese tourists contribute 500 million pounds a year in revenue to the British economy, according to data provided by the British Embassy in China. to the UK Ministry of Tourism statistics indicate that Britain received 35% more Chinese visitors visited from April to June this year than the same period last year. In the past five years, the number of tourist visas issued to Chinese has grown almost three-fold and Chinese tourism expenditure in the UK has grown 326%.

Chinese tourists spend an average of 2,688 pounds per person on each visit to Britain and stay an average of 10 nights in the UK. They have a penchant for British fashion brands, with almost 40% of the visitors purchasing luxury goods during their visits.

An increase in Chinese tourists will bring more employment opportunities to Britain as one new job is created for every 22 Chinese visitors.(Translation by David)

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