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Cuba announces visa waiver for Chinese citizens

Release time:2024-05-06    |    Number of views:


On the evening of May 4, local time, during the closing ceremony of the Cuban Tourism Festival 2024, Cuban Tourism Minister Juan Carlos Garcia announced that Chinese nationals with ordinary passports will be able to enter Cuba without a visa.

The Cuban government has decided to implement a visa-free policy for Chinese citizens holding ordinary passports who enter and transit through Cuba and stay there for no more than 90 days, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said in an announcement on its official website on May 5th.

The announcement said the decision, aimed at enhancing tourism development and facilitating the movement of travelers, will contribute to the promotion of exchanges between the two peoples.

The announcement said that Chinese nationals staying in the country for more than 90 days from the date of entry must apply for the appropriate visa.

The announcement added that Chinese nationals coming to Cuba for work, study, residence, journalism, etc., must apply for the appropriate visa before entering the country.

From 2010 to 2019, the number of Chinese tourists to Cuba grew by about 23 percent a year, putting China among the top 15 countries of origin for Cuban tourism, the data showed. However, since 2020, the number of Chinese tourists has fallen sharply due to the Xinguan epidemic, and only rebounded slightly last year, when it received 18,003 Chinese tourists. The resumption of direct Beijing-Havana flights soon will be a unique opportunity to boost Cuban tourism, according to Cuban news agency LATAM. During his latest visit to China, Cuban Prime Minister Marrero promoted Cuba's tourist attractions. He emphasized his hope that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Cuba will reach a new high in the coming year. the figure for 2018 was around 50,000 visitors.

Cuba is the latest country to announce visa-free access for Chinese citizens, and China's circle of visa-free friends is expanding. As of early March this year, China has concluded visa waiver agreements with 157 countries covering different passports, reached agreements or arrangements with 44 countries to simplify visa procedures, and realized full mutual visa exemption with 23 countries. In addition, more than 60 countries and regions have granted visa-free or visa-on-arrival treatment to Chinese citizens, making it more convenient for Chinese citizens to travel when they want to go.

In addition, Malaysia issued a notice that it will further optimize the entry procedures for Chinese tourists, and will further optimize the entry procedures for Chinese tourists, including exempting them from presenting proof of economic ability and proof of accommodation during their stay in Malaysia.

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