China announced on Friday that, in an effort to attract more visitors for business and tourism, it will grant visa-free entry to citizens of five European nations as well as Malaysia.
France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysian nationals will be able to enter China without a visa for a maximum of 15 days as of December 1. The trial programme will run for a full year.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning stated that the goal is “to facilitate the high-quality development of Chinese and foreign personnel exchanges and high-level opening up to the outside world.”
Norway’s citizens are now able to travel to 54 countries without a visa, according to a recent expansion by China earlier this month. In October, China’s aviation regulations announced that in the following five months, there will be 16,680 weekly flights, with passenger flights accounting for 71% of all flights four years prior.