China scraps short-term visas for these citizens

China has eliminated the need for a short-term visa for Polish citizens to visit China for a period of up to 15 days.

Polish President Andrzej Duda and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping announced this decision following their meeting in Beijing on Monday.

Beijing's visa-free travel programme allows citizens with conventional passports to travel to China without a visa for a maximum of 15 days for business, tourism, family, and transit purposes.

Beijing says the program aims to boost post-pandemic tourism in China and strengthen ties with other nations.

In November, China implemented a one-year experiment of visa-free travel for citizens of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia.

In March, the program expanded to include Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Hungary, making Hungary the only Eastern European country on the list. Following the Chinese prime minister's visit to Canberra, Australia and New Zealand citizens also received visa waivers.

Beijing initially announced the visa-free policy for a trial period until November 30, this year. However, Beijing subsequently extended it until December 31, 2025, in May.

In December of last year, the Chinese government also announced a temporary 25% reduction in visa fees for travellers from Poland.