The Chinese Embassy in India has made a significant announcement that will positively impact Indian travellers who are planning to travel to China. As per the reports, they have implemented temporary changes to visa regulations, granting Indian travellers some much-needed ease and flexibility. These adjustments will remain in effect until December 31, 2023.
As per the new guidelines, eligible applicants seeking visas for various purposes, including tourism, business, short-term family visits, transit, will now no longer be required to provide biometric data. This means that Indian travellers can complete their visa applications without the added step of fingerprinting, making the process smoother and more convenient.
This move will prove beneficial especially for specific groups, who fall into the age brackets of below 14 and above 70 years. Those who have had their fingerprints collected by the Chinese Embassy in recent times, or individuals whose fingerprints are considered ‘uncollectable’ will also benefit from this exemption.
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The Chinese Embassy in India has advised applicants to get in touch with the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre located in New Delhi to ensure that they have access to the latest information and guidance.
For Indian travellers intending to secure a Chinese visa, it’s important to follow the standard online visa application process. This includes having a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months, ensuring that there are at least two blank visa pages in the passport, providing photocopies of relevant passport pages, submitting passport-sized photographs, and furnishing evidence to validate their residential and employment status.
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.
For Indian nationals seeking visa-related information or assistance, the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi has also established direct communication channels, which will address any queries or concerns that may arise during the application process.
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.