China seems to relaxing its visa issuing rules (tightened during the Olympics) although the overall picture is still not clear.
The first step ist that China’s Foreign Ministry has resumed visa-free arrangements for Singaporeans making short visits using ordinary passports.
Visa issuing rules in Hong Kong will be back to normal starting next month. The UK site appears to suggest that multiple visit visas are back although they cost £90 which is more than somewhat.
When the visa rules were tightened back in the spring, one of the major complaints from visitors, residents and businesspeople was a lack of clear information about the scope of the rule changes.
Comments by the Foreign Ministry this week, suggest that renewed clarity should not be immediately expected.
The issued statement read: ‘Following the Olympic and Paralympic Games, China’s visa policy will continue to serve the national interest and facilitate the normal personnel exchanges between China and foreign countries.’ Which says aboslutely nothing.
However, the evidence, not the statements, suggest the situation is getting easier.
Source: China — The Future of Travel