From Dec 1, foreign travelers from 53 designated countries will be able to stay up to 144 hours in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, with valid travel documents and connecting tickets to a third country or region, according to the National Immigration Administration.
Twenty two other places will also implement the policy, including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shijiazhuang in Hebei province, and Hangzhou in Zhejiang province.
Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi province, is one of the newly added ports that allow eligible international travelers to stay for up to 144 hours without a visa. [Photo/Xinhua]
From January 2013 to September 2019, foreigners had paid 452,000 visits to China through the policy, of which 100,000 entries happened in 2018, an increase of 24 percent over the previous year.
Once the policy is implemented, foreigners will have a longer time and more opportunities to experience the charm of Xi'an, a world famous historical and cultural city.
As an important gateway city for international exchanges and the only national central city in Northwest China, Xi'an will take this opportunity to build an international aviation hub, striving for more navigation rights and routes.
In addition, by relying on its unique resources in culture, technology, education, and tourism, Xi'an will work on building itself into an international consumer center city, as well as a world-class destination and distribution center.
The designated 53 countries eligible for the 144 hour visa-free transit stay in Xi'an include Austria, Russia, Germany, the United States, South Korea, Singapore, Portugal, Italy, Japan, and Brunei.