Chinese officials announced that its embassies and consulates in the United States will simplify document requirements for U.S. nationals applying for a tourist L-visa.

Key Points:

  • U.S. visa applicants will no longer be required to submit proof of certain travel details, including a round-trip air ticket, hotel reservation, itinerary or invitation letter.
  • Visa applications are processed on a case-by-case basis, so individuals should still refer to Chinese embassies and consulates to confirm specific application requirements.

BAL Analysis: As previously reported, Chinese authorities recently implemented a temporary reduction of visa fees, lowering the fee from $185 to $140 for certain entry visas. The Chinese government has introduced various measures recently to increase inbound travel from foreign tourists and drive business in its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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