India to relax visa standards for Chinese tourists

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Chinese foreign minister Wang Li is visiting India for the next four days for the India-China people to people exchange forum which is being conducted for the first time in history. His trip was commenced yesterday. On the eve of his arrival, India made an announcement declaring leniency in the visa norms for Chinese tourists visiting the country.

Citizens of China visiting the country for conferences, workshops, seminars and similar events or as a medical attendant will be issued ‘Conference Visa’ by the Indian Government.

Those who are issued this conference visa will be asked to provide necessary documents including passport showing identity photo and personal details and an official invitation from the organisation that is inviting them. A letter from the Ministry of External Affairs giving political clearance is mandatory, according to the Indian Embassy from Beijing.

An e-Medical visa will be issued to those who wish to visit the country as an attendant with the e-Medical visa holder. The Government has issued this e-visa facility in the form of e-Business visa, tourist visa, e-medical visa, e-medical attendant visa and e-conference visa, confirmed sources.

The country’s Tourism Minister K.J Alphons had stated that India receives a very small fraction of the number of Chinese tourists who travel abroad every year. His statement indicated his hope to change these scanty numbers. The Tourism Minister had visited China in the month of August, earlier this year.

Chinese Minister Wang Li is expected to be meeting India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj during his visit to India.

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