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2,029 entries on day 1 of China's visa exemption for 6 countries

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-12-02 16:43

BEIJING -- A total of 2,029 people from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia entered China without a visa on Friday, marking the first day of China's visa exemption policy for ordinary passport holders from these countries.

Revealed by China's National Immigration Administration on Saturday, the data showed that 1,113 Malaysian passport holders took advantage of the visa exemption, making Malaysia the country with the highest number of visa-exempt entries on that day among the six.

Meanwhile, French passport holders accounted for 227 visa-exempt entries, representing the largest day-on-day increase in arrivals from the six countries with a growth rate of about 52 percent.

Overall, the number of arrivals from these six countries increased by over 12 percent from the previous day.

Among China's efforts to promote personnel exchanges and cooperation with foreign countries, border control authorities have optimized their personnel deployment and strengthened on-site guidance to ensure efficient and smooth customs clearance at ports of entry, according to the NIA.

Additionally, public security authorities in various regions have been instructed to provide convenient stay arrangements for visa-exempt individuals in accordance with the law and regulations.

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