Ministry of Public Security Introduces Immigration, Exit-Entry and Traffic Administration Policies and Measures to Support Comprehensive
Deepening Reform and Opening up in Hainan
The Ministry of Public Security held a press conference in Beijing on July 3 to announce immigration, exit-entry and traffic administration policies and measures to support comprehensive deepening reform and opening up in Hainan. Guo Lin, spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Security, moderated the press conference. Qu Yunhai, vice administrator of the National Immigration Administration (NIA), Jia Tongbin, deputy director general of the Department of Foreigners Management of NIA, Wang Qiang, deputy director general of the Bureau of Traffic Administration of the Ministry of Public Security, and Jiang Wei, inspector of the Public Security Department of Hainan Province attended the conference and answered questions from the media.
Guo Lin introduced that the Ministry of Public Security and NIA thoroughly implemented the guiding principles of general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Xi Jinping in his important speech at the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Hainan Province and the Hainan Special Economic Zone and his important instructions on accelerating the exploration and building of Hainan Free Trade Port. According to the actual needs of Hainan's open, innovative and high-quality development, and on the basis of adequate research and argumentation, relevant policy measures were proposed by the Ministry of Public Security and NIA, and were reported to and approved by the Leading Group of the CPC for Promoting Hainan's Comprehensive Deepening Reform and Opening Up. The policies and measures thereby officially announced will have positive bearing on promoting personnel exchange between China and foreign countries, enhancing Hainan's competitiveness in attracting international talents, promoting support to the development of an international tourism and consumption center in Hainan, further facilitating overseas personnel to stay and live in Hainan, and promoting Hainan to form a new pattern of high-level and high-standard reform and opening up.
Qu Yunhai stated that the policies and measures focused on the development of high-tech industry, tourism and modern service industry in Hainan, and 12 policy measures in three aspects were formulated to support the development of Hainan Free Trade Zone (Port), so as to effectively promote the development of a free trade experimental zone and a free trade port with Chinese characteristics in Hainan.
Firstly, implementing a more open visa-free entry policy. On the basis of the current visa-free policy for inbound tourists from 59 countries, the visa-free entry policy will be further optimized. Visa-free entry channels for foreigners are added to allow visa-free entry into Hainan for eligible foreign nationals through either self-declaration or invitation by local host entities. Scope of reasons for visa-free entry are expanded to allow visa-free entry of foreigners for purposes such as business, visit, visiting relatives, medical care, exhibitions, sports competitions and others. Conditions will be created to gradually allow visa-free stay of eligible foreigners for a period of more than 30 days. List of countries entitled to the visa-free policy will be assessed and adjusted in due course by considering Hainan's foreign exchanges and tourism market needs.
Secondly, more encouraging policies for talents attraction will be implemented. For foreign senior executives invited to Hainan and foreigners who are engaged in long-term work or investment in Hainan, further convenience will be provided for handling port visas, long-term visas, residence permits and permanent residence. For foreign technicians and specialists who work in Hainan, work and residence permits aligned with the term of working contracts will be issued. Efforts will be made to facilitate residence permit application of foreign students who have obtained master's degree or above from Chinese universities to engage in innovation or start a business in Hainan. Foreign students graduated from overseas universities are allowed to take internships in Hainan. Immigration service centers (stations) will be set up to provide "one-stop" services in neighborhoods where a relatively large number of foreigners work and live.
Thirdly, more convenient exit-entry service measures will be implemented for high-end tourism. The 15-day visa-free entry policy will be executed for foreign tour groups on cruise ships, and the exit and entry procedures will be streamlined for yachts from Hainan, Hong Kong and Macau. For foreign patients and their accompanying families to visit medical institutions in Hainan, such as the Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone, for diagnosis and treatment, convenience will be provided to their application for visas or residence permits.
Wang Qiang introduced that the Ministry of Public Security launched facilitation measures for overseas individuals to drive in Hainan. It includes easing the conditions for applying for temporary driving permits, extending the validity term of temporary driving license, and setting up traffic control service stations at entry stations, so as to meet the needs of overseas individuals to travel, work and live in Hainan.
Firstly, conditions will be relaxed for applying for temporary driving permits. For overseas individuals who stay in Hainan for a short period of time for purposes such as tourism, commerce, visiting relatives, etc., they can directly apply for a temporary driving license for small cars with their exit-entry identity documents and overseas motor vehicle driving licenses, and are exempted from physical condition examination in hospitals, which makes it more convenient to apply for a temporary driving permit.
Secondly, the validity term of temporary driving permit will be extended. For overseas individuals who intend to stay or reside in Hainan for more than three months, the validity period of a temporary driving permit is now extended from three months to a maximum of one year (not exceeding the validity period of the visa).
Thirdly, convenient traffic management services will be provided. Traffic management service stations will be set up at airports, ports and other entry points to allow overseas individuals to apply for temporary driving permits conveniently. In the meantime, new modes will be actively promoted such as online appointment application and online public learning, which are convenient for foreigners to take exams and obtain a driving permit.
Qu Yunhai said that the above policies and measures formulated by the Ministry of Public Security and NIA are new innovative measures to support Hainan in comprehensively deepening reform and opening up after last year's introduction of visa-free policies for inbound travellers from 59 countries. Going forward, efforts will be continued to thoroughly implement the strategic plan of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council to support Hainan's deepening reform and opening up in an all-around manner, adapt to the new situation and cater to new needs, introduce policy measures to facilitate immigration and exit-entry, and actively add new vitality and momentum into the economic and social development.
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