showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May
Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.
Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua
lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese
nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.
Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr
i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.
“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.