Beijing Considers New Visa-Free Travel Agreement with Russia

China’s consular attache in Kazan Chen Borui announced over the weekend that Russian tourists may no longer require a visa to travel to China as a completely visa-free arrangement between the two countries would is definitely planned to happen in the near future.

Speaking on the sidelines of the sixth Global Forum of Young Diplomats, Borui, however, noted that several issues related to security and migration would first have to be resolved before such a deal could be finalized, particularly in Russia’s Far East region.

China has already canceled visas for tourists in a group after Moscow and Beijing reinstated a reciprocal visa-free travel agreement earlier this month, allowing organized tourist groups to visit their respective countries without a visa.

Originally signed in 2000, that deal was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s travel restrictions.

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