Chinese tourists visiting Stockholm. Photo: Ari Luostarinen / TT
Chinese tourists visiting Stockholm. Photo: Ari Luostarinen / TT Credit: Ari Luostarinen / TT

Sweden to make it easier for Chinese tourists to get visas

Offices in ten more cities
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As tourism from China rises swiftly, Sweden opens visa offices in ten new cities, to help attract even more visitors.

Last year Chinses tourists spent a total of 260,000 nights at hotels in Sweden, according to the Swedish Embassy in Beijing.

This is just a fraction of the Swedish tourist industry’s 60 million hotel nights per year, but it is a figure that is rising fast. Chinese tourism to Sweden is growing by 30 percent, compared to an average European tourism growth of five percent.

And until now tourists to Sweden had to get a visa at the offices in Beijing or Shanghai. But now Sweden is using the company VFS Global to process visas in ten other cities.

And a friendship agreement is to link Beijing and Arlanda airports.


The new visa offices:

Chongqing

Xi'an

Nanjing

Chengdu

Shenyang

Wuhan

Hangzhou

Jinan

Kunming

Changsha


Existing offices:

Beijing

Shanghai

Guangzhou (Norwegian consulate)

Hong Kong (Swedish consulate)

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