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MFA of Kyrgyzstan worried about anti-Chinese sentiment

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan is concerned about anti-Chinese sentiment and gives an explanation how many visas were issued to Chinese citizens.

According to the ministry, over 33,000 visas of various categories, including more than 25,000 tourist visas, have been issued electronically during the system’s operation.

In accordance with the current visa legislation, foreign citizens are issued short-term (tourist and business) visas for up to three months without the right of extension, and long-term (labor, study and other) visas for up to one year with the possibility of multiple entry and exit.

The grounds for obtaining a long-term visa are: for a work visa — a work permit issued by the State Migration Service, for a study visa — a contract with a university.

In 2018, Chinese citizens have been issued 7,210 work visas for up to a year, in 2017 — 6,307 work visas were issued for a year.

Foreign citizens actively make tourist and business short-term trips to Kyrgyzstan, that is, they have been on the territory of our country for not more than three months.

So, in 2017, about 6,051 tourist and business visas were issued to citizens of the People’s Republic of China; in 2018, at least 16,610 short-term tourist and business visas were issued. About 8,833 tourist and business visas were issued to Indian citizens in 2017, and 11,464 visas for tourist and business travel in 2018.

«Information about tens of thousands of Chinese citizens who allegedly stay for a long time in our country does not correspond to reality,» the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic stressed.