According to the news on the website of the EU Delegation to China on the 27th, starting today (October 10), applying for a Schengen visa in China will become easier, and certain types of Chinese tourists will not need to provide proof of hotel bookings and air tickets when submitting their applications. material.This facility will be applicable to applicants who go to Schengen countries for business visits, short-term professional training, participation in cultural or sports activities, and visits to relatives and friends.It is temporarily not applicable to applicants for tourism purposes.
Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Commissioner for the Interior, said: "I am very happy that Chinese tourists are the first to enjoy simplified procedures when applying for a European visa. The EU and the Chinese government are working to promote cultural exchanges, which will also produce Important and beneficial economic impact".
China is the first country to introduce such simplified procedures.Because it is different from the usual practice, the decision will be implemented as a "pilot project" with a six-month trial period.After the expiration of the period, its implementation will be evaluated, including evaluation of abuse and refusal of entry.On this basis, the EU will consider whether the exemption for flights and hotel orders should be extended, and it may also apply to countries other than China.

Other simplified terms will apply to all categories of tourists: in the future, only a copy (not the original) of the "hukou" (household registration) will be required, and only the solvency certificate for the past three months will be required.

background:
The "Visa Law" (Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009) stipulates the visa issuance rules for the expected stay within the territory of EU member states for no more than 180 days in any 90 days.
In order to ensure uniform application of the common visa policy, this regulation requires that the list of certification materials provided by visa applicants in each jurisdiction must be unified.
The list of new unified certification materials submitted by applicants in China will be finally contained in the "Commission Executive Decision" C(2014) 7594.
In individual cases, the consulate may still be exempt from the requirement to submit one or more lists of supporting materials, or, under reasonable circumstances, during the inspection application process, it may provide supplementary materials in accordance with current rules.

EU simplified visa application for Chinese bring 600 billion euros in revenue

欧洲委员会今年4月1日曾发布欧盟新签证法规提案,提及将简化中国等国民众赴欧签证申请程序。如果提案顺利通过,审批签证申请原则上将应该不超过10个日历日;年龄未满18岁的未成年人不再收取签证费;为经常往返欧洲的旅客发放多年有效的多次入境签证;设立有效期为1年的“旅游签证”等。

The European Commission has stated that by simplifying visa procedures, the European Union can increase the number of international arrivals by another 2015 million by 460, which will bring about 600 billion euros in revenue to the European economy and create 50 more jobs. "Europe has just emerged from its worst economic crisis since World War II, so it must take full advantage of this opportunity."

Since 2011, more than 100 million Chinese have applied for visas to Europe for holidays or business trips each year.Between 2009 and 2013, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Europe almost doubled.

Before the introduction of the European Union Act, many European countries have introduced simplified visa policies for Chinese citizens this year.New Europe takes an inventory for everyone:
Germany: Visa facilitation measures for Chinese citizens

In October 2014, during the just-concluded third round of government consultations between China and Germany, the two sides decided to create conditions for facilitating personnel exchanges within the current legal framework based on the principle of reciprocity and reciprocity, and to incorporate visa facilitation measures into the " Action Plan for China-Germany Cooperation.

The two parties confirmed in the "Outline" that, with the goal of shortening the short-term visa issuance time to 48 hours, by simplifying the visa application procedures, speeding up the visa issuance time, and implementing visa issuance procedures that are convenient for applicants; providing business personnel with visa applications Convenience, increase the issuance of valid and multiple-entry visas for many years, extend the stay period of visas; shorten the time for the issuance of long-term work visas to within 2 months as much as possibleGermany is considering establishing additional visa application centers in other cities in my country in accordance with the current model to expand visa services for Chinese citizens.

This is another European country launched a visa facilitation measure for Chinese citizens after the UK, France, Italy and other European countries.

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France: Implementing measures to issue visas to Chinese tourists within 48 hours

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. According to reports, France has adopted more convenient measures for Chinese citizens to apply for short-term visas, including: visa processing time has been shortened from 48 hours to 4 days to no more than 48 hours; Chinese citizens You can freely choose the location for visa application among the six major cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Shenyang, Chengdu) designated by the French Embassy in China; except for work certificates that need to be translated into English or French, other visa applications The submitted materials do not need to be translated; the French Embassy in China will issue a larger number of multiple entry visas.The French initiative aims to attract more people to France to enhance exchanges.

United Kingdom: Open 24-hour visa service to China

The UK, which has always had strict visa requirements, has "relaxed" its visa policy. Not only has it lowered its visa visit fees, it has also implemented "mobile visa services" and provided VIP door-to-door services throughout China. In the summer of 2014, the United Kingdom will launch a "24-hour visa service", so that applications for frequent visitors or business visitors to the United Kingdom can be processed within 24 hours.

Netherlands: Introduces new visa types to meet the entry needs of different groups of people

According to the Dutch newspaper Volkswagen, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Kemp announced earlier that starting this year, non-EU citizens who come to the Netherlands to start a business can apply for a one-year "entrepreneurship visa".During this year, entrepreneurs must set up real enterprises, formulate relevant business plans and ensure a standardized and orderly financial situation.By the end of the first year, you can apply for a regular residence permit from the immigration office.

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