by Orange Wang at scmp.com
China will simplify the visa application process for tourists from the United States as part of its efforts to step up interactions between people from the two countries.
Starting from January 1, those applying for tourist visas within the US will no longer need to submit proof they have a round-trip air ticket and hotel reservation, as well as their itinerary or a letter of invitation, according to a notice published on the website of the Chinese embassy in Washington on Friday.
The measure aims to “further facilitate people-to-people exchanges between China and the United States”, it said.
It added that “since visa applications are processed on a case-by-case basis”, applicants should still refer to the Chinese embassy and consulates-general for specifics.
The move follows a cut in visa fees for US applicants of around 25 per cent until December 31, 2024 announced earlier this month, and a previous decision to allow walk-in visa applications.