The Chinese Embassy in India has made a significant announcement that promises to simplify travel to China for Indian tourists and business travellers.
Under these temporary changes to visa regulations, Indian travellers can now apply for various types of visas without the need for biometric data submission. These adjustments will be in effect until December 31, 2023.
No Biometric Data Required for Selected Visa Applications
Eligible applicants seeking visas for tourism, business, short-term family visits, and transit purposes will no longer be required to provide biometric data, such as fingerprints. This exemption will remain in effect until December 31, 2023.
Benefits for Specific Groups
The exemption will be particularly beneficial for children under 14 and adults over 70, as well as those who have had their fingerprints collected by the Chinese Embassy in recent times or who have uncollectible fingerprints.
Standard Visa Application Process Still Applies
Indian travellers who wish to apply for a Chinese visa must still follow the standard online visa application process.
This includes having a valid passport with at least six months of validity, two blank visa pages, photocopies of relevant passport pages, passport-sized photographs, and evidence of residential and employment status.
Visa Cost Varies by Type and Validity
The cost of a Chinese visa for Indian travellers varies depending on the type of visa required and its validity period. It typically ranges from INR 3,800 to INR 7,800.
Direct Communication Channels for Visa Assistance
The Chinese Embassy in New Delhi has also established direct communication channels for Indian nationals seeking visa-related information or assistance. These channels can be used to address any queries or concerns that may arise during the application process.
Potential Impact on Bilateral Relations
These recent changes to China’s visa regulations for Indian citizens are reflective of the evolving dynamics between the two countries and hold the potential for further diplomatic progress on various fronts.
As the BRICS summit approaches, there is increased attention on the outcomes of these changes and their potential impact on the broader landscape of bilateral relations.