Coronavirus: China visas for more than 1,300 Indian students after two-year Covid-19 travel ban
- Chinese foreign ministry updates Indian side on progress in eased travel restrictions for students and businesspeople
- More than 23,000 Indian students enrolled at Chinese universities are reportedly stranded back home due to Covid-19 visa restrictions
Around 300 Indian business travellers had also recently left for Chinese factory hub Yiwu on two charter flights, the foreign ministry’s Asia Affairs director general, Liu Jinsong, told Indian ambassador Pradeep Rawat when they met on Tuesday.
The pair also discussed other issues related to bilateral relations, and regional and international matters, according to a readout from the Chinese ministry.
China eased Covid-19 rules in August allowing international students holding long-term study permits to return, following a significant move in June to cut quarantine time for inbound travellers to seven days in hotel isolation and three days of home observation, from a 14-plus-seven system earlier.
The Chinese culture and tourism ministry also issued draft rules last month to further relax entry restrictions for foreigners, building upon the earlier moves to reopen the country.
More than 23,000 Indian students enrolled at Chinese universities are stranded back home due to Covid-19 visa restrictions in China, according to the Indian Express daily.
The Indian side has long been calling on China to allow students to return. This and the resumption of direct flights featured in the talks when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Indonesia in July.
Jaishankar earlier also urged China to expedite the process for students to return when Wang visited New Delhi in March.