Long visa wait times are slowing China’s global travel rebound

Long visa wait times are slowing China's international travel rebound

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Travelers stroll at a terminal hall in Beijing Capital International Airport, China.

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Long wait times for visa applications are keeping individuals in China from taking a trip worldwide as much as they wish to, Jane Sun, CEO of travel scheduling website Trip com Group, informed CNBC’s Eunice Yoon.

For example, applications for a Schengen visa take 2 to 6 months, Sun stated, “which is too long.”

She declared need for global travel from China has “far exceeded” the 2019 level, prior to the pandemic. Demand for domestic travel has actually surpassed the 2019 level by 60%, she stated.

Another obstacle for outgoing travel from China is the variety of flights, Sun stated, keeping in mind flight capability to the U.S. is just at 6% of what it was prior to the pandemic.

As of August, the U.S. just permitted 12 round-trip guest flights a week from China to the U.S. That was slated to increase to 18 a week beginningSept 1, and 24 a week beginningOct 29.

Other areas have actually seen flights to and from China brought back faster.

Flights to the Asia-Pacific area have actually recuperated by more than 50%, while flight capability to the Middle East has actually doubled from pre-pandemic levels, Sun stated.

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