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Chinese mainland sees 29m visits by Taiwan residents in 5 years

Updated: Sep 12, 2020 Xinhua Print
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The 16th Cross-Straits travel expo takes place in Xiamen, Fujian province, Aug 28, 2020. Culture and tourism bureaus from over 10 provinces took part in the event to promote destinations in their respective regions. The travel expo will help build a platform for regional cooperation in the travel sector and thus facilitate the recovery of domestic tourism industry. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING -- From 2015 to 2019, the Chinese mainland recorded 29.37 million visits by Taiwan residents, according to the Chinese exit and entry administration Friday.

The last batch of paper travel passes for Taiwan visitors to the mainland will expire on Sept 20, and they will be supplanted by a more convenient electronic version, the bureau of exit and entry administration under the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement.

Residents in Taiwan can also apply for a single-entry pass for their mainland travels, the bureau said.

The mainland started issuing travel passes for Taiwan residents in 1992, and as of 2019, more than 23 million passes had been issued for over 11.6 million Taiwan residents, the bureau said.

To further improve the safety and efficiency of border inspections and facilitate the arrival of Taiwan residents, the mainland in 2015 began issuing electronic long-term passes.

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