Xinhuanet reports that groups of Chinese travelers will be able to stay in Vietnam’s border city of Mong Cai in Quang Ninh Province for up to three days without applying for a tourist visa, according to local authorities on Wednesday.
Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh Province, which borders China, has eased visa requirements for Chinese citizens to encourage visits to Mong Cai.
The new rule is scheduled to take effect at the beginning of 2017.
The city recorded a surge in Chinese arrivals during this year’s week-long Spring Festival, welcoming about 25,000 visitors.
On a trial basis, only one local travel agency, Hong Gai Tourism and Services, will be allowed to take Chinese tourists into Vietnam by nine-seat vehicles or smaller passenger cars, reported VNExpress.
The company must ensure Chinese tourists do not travel beyond the border city of Mong Cai or stay longer than the permitted three days.
The local government will also limit the number of cars to no more than 100 per day.
It is unclear whether the tourists will be required to get a temporary visa at the border crossing.
Quang Ninh Province is home to world heritage site Ha Long Bay.