UK streamlines visa process for Chinese tourists
All Chinese visitors will now be able to use a single form to process applications for both British and Schengen visas, which permit access to 26 European countries.
The Home Office also said that Chinese tourists holding Irish visitor visas will also be able to travel to the UK in about six months.
British Home Secretary Theresa May said Britain has no desires to join the Schengen visa plan due to immigration concerns.
The UK-China Visa Alliance says that about 1.3 million Chinese tourists have been prevented from entering the UK because of the complicated visa process, and most instead went to Germany or France. The new approach is designed to streamline the UK's visa process to attract more Chinese tourists. ■