HKSAR, Belarus to mutually extend visa-free period

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-08 19:59:11|Editor: zh
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HONG KONG, April 8 (Xinhua) -- The Immigration Department of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced Monday a mutual extension of visa-free period with Belarus.

The period of visa-free entry for HKSAR passport holders to Belarus will be extended from up to 14 days to 30 days with effect from April 10. Likewise, the visa-free period for passport holders of Belarus to visit HKSAR will be extended from 14 days to 30 days with effect from the same date.

To foster cooperation and exchanges between Hong Kong and the Belt and Road countries, the HKSAR government has been in discussion with the authorities concerned, a spokesman of the Immigration Department said, adding that in the past two years a total of eight countries have granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to HKSAR passport holders.

"The relevant arrangements will bring greater travel convenience to travelers from Hong Kong and these countries, and strengthen the tourism, cultural and economic ties between the places," the spokesman said.