Monday, January 08, 2007

Trial Visa Service Launched For Chinese Travel Groups To U.S.

Travel agencies in Beijing say that the visa application for tourist groups to the United Stated has been launched on a trial basis and seven travel agencies have been approved to offer this service.

The seven travel agencies are China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, China Youth Travel Service, China Comfort Travel Service, Citic Travel Service and China Ocean International Travel Service in Beijing, and Classical Holidays International Travel Service in Tianjin.

A representative from the U.S. Embassy in China disclosed that if the visa for travel groups is formally launched, it will consider expanding this service to their consulates in other cities in China. Right now the service is only available to travel groups consisting of six people or more and it requires that these tourists must have a visa record to Europe, Australia or Japan in the last year.

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