Britain to ease China visa restrictions
LONDON (AFP) - Britain is to make it easier for Chinese nationals to obtain visas in an effort to boost business between the two countries, finance minister George Osborne has announced.
Mr Osborne, who is in China leading a British trade delegation, promised the new measures would help the tens of thousands of Chinese visitors hoping to visit Britain.
"These changes will streamline and simplify the visa application process for Chinese visitors, while ensuring the system is strong and secure," he said on Monday in Beijing. "This is good news for British business and tourism."
Under the proposals, Chinese visitors to the European Union using selected travel agencies will no longer have to file a separate application to visit Britain.