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Nepal expects more tourists from China

KATHMANDU

Travel trade entrepreneurs and stakeholders concerned have welcomed the Nepal and China governments’ move to develop effective linkages between tourism and other economic sectors that is expected to bring about Chinese tourist boom in 2016.

On Friday, the Nepal government announced waiver of visa fees for the Chinese tourists to Nepal for the first time on par with the treatment offered to the Saarc countries.

The Chinese government reciprocated the Nepali gesture by lifting the travel restriction on their citizens to Nepal with immediate effect.

“Due to two consecutive public holidays–Friday and Saturday–we have not received the letter from the Cabinet regarding the decision,” said Kedar Neupane, director general of the Department of Immigration.

“As soon as we received the official letter, we will work on it,” he said, adding that free visa policy for Chinese tourists would “probably” be implemented by the first week of January.
Neupane said the policy is aimed at giving the northern neighbour an equal treatment that Nepal has been offering for the Saarc countries. “It will be better if the free visa policy is implemented on a reciprocal basis.”

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